8838. Antique William III Silver Mug - Sold


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.

Biography - William Fawdery, apprenticed to Robert Cooper 1683, free 1694. 1st mark, Britannia, entered as largeworker 1697. 2nd mark, Britannia, 1720. 3rd mark, sterling, 1720. Died circa 1727 when Hester Fawdery, his widow, entered her own mark.

Condition - This superb mug is in good condition for its age and has no repairs or restoration. 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.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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.

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