9111
Antique George II Silver Mug

Date: 1725

Maker: Jonah Clifton

Country: England

Stock Number: 9111

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A handsome antique silver tankard of plain baluster shape, almost straight sided, with a shaped handle. *Britannia standard silver. Excellent colour. Initial "W" engraved to the front in old fashioned script. Contains 220 ml. Weight 212 grams, 6.8 troy ounces. Height 9 cm. Spread 10 cm. Diameter 6.75 cm. London 1725. Maker Jonah Clifton.

Literature: *Britannia Standard silver. 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 pure. 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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