8771
Antique German Silver Set

Date: 1793 -1793

Maker: Augsburg

Country: Germany

Stock Number: 8771

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A superb quality antique continental silver gilt tea or coffee set consisting of a large pot, covered milk jug and covered sugar bowl. Original rich coloured fire gilding. Exquisite plain styling with ribbed body and decorative borders. Each piece bears a hand engraved royal crest and initial "H". The wooden handles have hand carved decoration. Total weight 1967 grams, 63.2 troy ounces. Large pot contains 600 ml, height 26 cms, spread 24 cms. Milk jug contains 275 ml, height 20.4 cms, spread 18 cms. Sugar bowl height 13.5 cms, spread 15 cms, rim 12.5x11 cms. Stamped with German silver marks for Augsburg 1793-95. Maker Johann Grabe.

Literature: Augsburg's wealth originated in Roman times when its sophisticated canal system facilitated trade in salt and silver. This route to Rome developed, over the centuries, into a main trading route.

By 1276 trade and banking were so important to this otherwise ordinary town that the burghers of Ausburg were able to make their home into a Free Imperial City. The local municipal government was able to make its own plans, raise its own taxes and legislate for its own laws.

The town's wealth continued to grow, peaking in the 16th and 17th centuries, due to the export of gold and silver art, armour, the establishment of textile manufacturing, and the city's continuing role in banking and finance. Wealthy, cultivated and powerful families became wonderful patrons of gold and silver art objects. And the demand must have been endless. Even when Augsburg had only 30,000 inhabitants, some 260-275 of them were occupied full time as master gold and silversmiths.

Signed/Inscribed: Stamped with German silver marks for Augsburg 1793-95. Maker Johann Grabe.

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