9013
Antique George I Silver Flagons

Date: 1720

Maker: Jonah Clifton

Country: England

Stock Number: 9013

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A magnificent pair of early English silver lidded flagons with a tall vertical sided body on a spreading base. Britannia standard silver*. Good plain design. Uninscribed. The graceful curved handles have a large cast and scrolled thumb piece. Weight 1166 grams, 37.4 troy ounces and 1185 grams, 38.1 troy ounces. Height 26.5 cms (to top of thumb piece). Diameter 10 cms (top), 13 cms (base). Spread 18 cms. London 1720. Maker Jonah Clifton

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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