Antique George I Silver Flagon

Date: 1725

Maker: William Lukin

Country: England

Stock Number: 7804

A magnificent early English silver lidded flagon with a tall vertical sided body on a spreading base. Britannia standard silver*. Good plain design. Uninscribed. The graceful curved handle has a large cast and scrolled thumb piece and a heart shaped bottom terminal. Contains 1500 ml. Weight 1356 grams, 43.6 troy ounces. Height 32 cms (to top of thumb piece). Diameter 9.5 cms (top), 8 cms (base). London 1725. Maker William Lukin.

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 and is always prized.

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