Antique Continental Silver Salver

Date: Circa 1750

Country: Austro Hungarian Empire

Stock Number: 8035

Austrian silver. An early antique salver of square form with a shaped reeded border and raised on corner feet. Good plain style, typical of the early 1700's. Uninscribed. Excellent colour. Weight 420 grams, 13.5 troy ounces. Height 2.6 cms. Width 21.5 cms. Marked on top with the Austro Hungarian silver wheel mark containing the year, circa 1750, and the old continental silver grade "13". 13 loths are equivalent to the silver purity grade 812 (sterling silver is 925 out of 1000. Makers initials "FI".

Literature: Prior to 1888, when the German hallmarking system was unified, the previous system of antique German silver marks was based on different town marks symbols and the silver fineness was indicated in 'loth' (12 loth corresponding to 750/1000, 13 loth = 812/1000, 14 loth = 875/1000, 15 loth = 937/1000).

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