Queen Anne Antique Silver Tazza


Stock: 10330

Date: 1709

Maker: Richard Freeman

Country: England

English provincial silver from the West Country. A lovely little silver footed salver with a simple reed border and pedestal...

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English provincial silver from the West Country. A lovely little silver footed salver with a simple reed border and pedestal foot. Beautiful plain style typical of the period. Good weight. Hand engraved to the centre is a large decorative cartouche containing a boar crest.

Weight 143 gm, 4.5 troy oz.
Height 5cm. Diameter 15.3cm.
Exeter 1709.
Maker Richard Freeman.
Sterling silver.

Charming small size. Perfect to stand a bottle or wine glass on top.

Marks. Stamped on top with a full set of English silver hallmarks, the foot with lion mark only.

Literature. Antique silver salvers. From the 17th century until the reign of George I salvers were raised on a pedestal foot. This form is often called a “tazza”. By 1700 some were made with the foot unscrewing. Very occasionally this type will also have 3 or 4 feet so that the salver can be used on a lower level. The traditional form of salver with plain flat surfaces and small feet at the edge, rarely found before the reign of George I, was made in various forms such as round, rectangular, oval and octagonal and are an ideal starting off point for collectors of early silver.


Very good condition with a minimal amount of wear commensurate with age. The tazza stands firm and supports a drinking glass without movement.

Maker Information

Maker: Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman, West Country silversmith, working in Plymouth during the early 1700'. A prolific spoonmaker. His work usually bears Exeter hallmarks. Richard died in 1753. That same year a Joseph Freeman, probably Richard's son, entered his mark.

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