William III Antique Silver Tazza
Maker: Samuel Hood
An excellent early English silver footed salver with a broad gadroon border to the top and foot. Britannia standard silver*....Buy NowEnquire
An excellent early English silver footed salver with a broad gadroon border to the top and foot. Britannia standard silver*. To the centre is a hand engraved armorial for the Scott family within a decorative cartouche.
Weight 395 grams, 12.7 troy ounces.
Height 7.3cm. Diameter 24cm.
Maker Samuel Hood.
*Britannia standard silver.
Marks. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks on the top surface, lion mark on the foot.
Arms. These are the arms of the Scott family. 3 lion heads erased within a shield. Lion crest above with dexter hand holding a rose. Motto “Fortis et Placabilis” (translates as “Strong and Peaceful”).
*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. 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.
Literature: From the 17th century until the reign of George I salvers (often called tazzas) were raised on a pedestal foot. 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.
Very good condition overall with fine patina and sharp engraving. Moderate signs of wear commensurate with age.
Maker: Samuel Hood
Samuel Hood, London silversmith, apprenticed to Robert Cooper 1685, free 1693. Marks entered as largeworker, undated, probably 1697 on commencement of register. Livery 1705.
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