William III Antique Silver Mug


Stock: 8838

Date: 1700

Maker: William Fawdery

Country: England

A fine early antique silver tankard of cylindrical form with coopered bands and a shaped handle. *Britannia standard silver. Excellent...

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A fine early antique silver tankard of cylindrical form with coopered bands and a shaped handle. *Britannia standard silver. Excellent plain styling and a hand engraved plumage armorial to the front. Good colour.

Contains 550 ml, 1 imperial pint.
Weight 351 grams, 11.2 troy ounces.
Height 11.3 cms. Spread 3.2 cms. Diameter 8.2 cms (top), 9.4 cms (base).
London 1700.
Maker William Fawdery.

Literature: *Britannia Standard. 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. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.


This superb mug is in good condition for its age. Excellent colour. Marked on the side with a full set of English silver hallmarks which are clear although a bit rubbed. The hand engraved crest still has good definition.

Maker Information

Maker: William Fawdery

William Fawdery was apprenticed to Robert Cooper in 1683, free 1694. 1st mark (Britannia standard) entered as largeworker 1697. 2nd mark, (Britannia standard) 1720. 3rd mark (Sterling) 1720. Died circa 1727 when Hester Fawdery, his widow, entered her own mark. William’s younger brother John was apprenticed to Anthony Nelme 1688, free 1695.

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