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Queen Anne Antique Silver Mug

£2,850

Stock: 9821

Date: 1709

Maker: Robert Timbrell And Joseph Bell I

Country: England

A handsome early English silver mug of plain straight sided form with banding. Britannia standard silver. Excellent colour. No inscription....

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Description

Description

A handsome early English silver mug of plain straight sided form with banding. Britannia standard silver. Excellent colour. No inscription. A nice detail is the decorative ribbed spine to the top of the handle.

Contains 650 ml.

Weight 439 grams, 14.1 troy ounces.

Height 13 cm (to top of handle).

London 1709.

Maker Robert Timbrell & Joseph Bell I.

*Britannia Standard silver is 95.8% pure. 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.

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

Condition

This lovely old mug is in very good condition. No inscription. Excellent colour. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks. There is a shallow mark inside where the handle is joined to the body.

Maker Information

Maker: Robert Timbrell And Joseph Bell I

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