8866. George I Silver Chalice and Cover - Price £4,750


A rare antique covered silver goblet and paten with the simple plain styling typical of the period. Britannia standard silver* Not only is it unusual to retain the original lid with matching silver marks but the top can also be used in reverse as a footed salver. There is a name hand engraved underneath the cup, probably "Northampton". Weight – cup 301 gms, 9.6 troy ounces, cover 107 gms, 3.4 troy ounces. Cup height 17.5 cms, diameter 9.4 cms. Paten height 2.5 cms, diameter 11.5 cms. London 1715. Maker Benjamin Pyne.

Biography - Benjamin Pyne, apprenticed to George Bowers 1667, free 1676. The mark of a single letter P under a crown, found shortly after 1680, appears on the 1697 copperplate at the Goldsmith's Hall, and which reappears after 1720, again unentered, can safely be attributed to him. His only authenticated marks are two entered as a largeworker, undated, probably entered in 1697 on commencement of register. He held the position of Subordinate Goldsmith to the King for the coronation of George I only. His son Benjamin was apprenticed to him 21 October 1708, free 8 May 1716 and was elected Assistant Assayer in 1720. By the end of the seventeenth century Pyne was obviously, from his surviving work, in the front rank of London goldsmiths and with Anthony Nelme shared the main responsibility of upholding native standards against Huguenot competition, although like Nelme it is more than probable that he employed (or bought up and remarked the work of) the latter to some extent. His connection with Hoare's bank may well have continued for some considerable time and perhaps be responsible for the number of orders for municipal maces and regalia and church plate he received. However the end of his life was sad. On 17 January 1727, when he must have nearly been 75, he resigned from the Livery, probably due to ill health and bad eyesight, and petitioned with others for the place of Beadle to the Company, vacant by the death of John Bodington, and was elected the same day to the post. 

Condition - These charming pieces of early English silver are in good condition with an excellent colour. Both are stamped with a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks, each has the lion erased mark stamped underneath the foot. The chalice has a couple of small surface dents, there has been a small erasure on the top surface of the foot.
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.

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