George II Silver Mug


Stock: 9670

Date: 1735

Maker: Thomas Farren

Country: England

An excellent early English sterling silver mug with baluster shape on a spreading foot. Lovely chunky style and large capacity....

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An excellent early English sterling silver mug with baluster shape on a spreading foot. Lovely chunky style and large capacity. The plain features are typical of the period. Good gauge metal and very heavy weight. Excellent colour. Uninscribed. Gilt interior.

Contains 520 ml.

Weight 382 grams, 12.2 troy ounces.

Height 12cm. Diameter of top 8.4cm.

London 1735.

Maker Thomas Farren.

Sterling silver.

Literature. The term “mug” is traditionally used for a single-handed, lidless drinking vessel. They are nearly all of either pint or half pint capacity. Antique silver mugs are very rarely found as early as tankards, the earliest seeming to date from about 1680.


The silver mug is in very good condition. Good colour. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Maker Information

Maker: Thomas Farren

Thomas Farren, apprenticed to John Denny 1695, free 1707. First mark as largeworker 1707. Second (sterling) mark 1720. Third mark 1739. Died circa 1743, the date of entry of Ann Farren’s mark. Subordinate goldsmith to the King 1723-42. Described by Arthur Grimwade “his work at best is of fine quality and shows some influence of Huguenot work.” His most important pieces are probably the fountain and cistern of 1728 at Burghley. His best known apprentice was Thomas Whipham.

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