Queen Anne Antique Silver Dish


Stock: 10208

Date: 1709

Maker: Nathaniel Lock

Country: England

An early English antique silver bowl with scalloped edge and unusually deep bowl with 16 segments. This form is usually...

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An early English antique silver bowl with scalloped edge and unusually deep bowl with 16 segments. This form is usually called a strawberry dish or salad dish. Hand engraved to the centre is a family armorial, incorporating a swan, within a decorative cartouche. Superb colour.

Weight 519 grams, 16.6 troy ounces.
Height 5cm. Diameter 23.3cm.
London 1709.
Maker Nathaniel Lock.
Britannia standard silver.

A fine early 18th century dish suitable for serving fruit, bread and salad.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks. Also inscribed with the scratchweight 17=3 and owner’s initials “E.G”.

Arms. These are the marital arms of Stephen Moore and his wife Judith Dowdeswell. Richard Dowdeswell (c. 1653–1711), of Pull Court, Bushley, Worcestershire, was an English Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1685 to 1710. He left £3,000 or £4,000 to each of his surviving children – three sons and three daughters, one of whom was Judith who married Stephen Moore.

Literature: *Britannia Standard silver. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent pure. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.


The bowl is in very good condition with a moderate amount of wear consistent with age. The engraving is still sharp. Excellent colour.

Maker Information

Maker: Nathaniel Lock

Nathaniel Lock, apprenticed to Roger Strickland in 1680, free 1687. First mark entered as smallworker circa 1687. 2nd, 3rd and 4th marks entered as largeworker in 1699. Died 1749.

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