8409. Queen Anne Silver Brandy Saucepan - Price £1,150

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A rare early English silver brandy pan with wooden side handle. Britannia standard silver. Brandy saucepans first made an appearance during the reign of Queen Anne so this is a very early example. Good size and lovely hammered finish with good patina. Weight 332 grams, 10.6 troy ounces. Height 10 cms. Spread 22.5 cms. Diameter 9 cms (top), 11 cms (max). London 1709. Maker Joseph Sheene.

Condition - This useful warming pan is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. It is stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

The handle has a crack underneath. It's very simple shaped and is possibly an old replacement, but equally, some early pan handles were very crudely shaped.

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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