Antique Queen Anne Silver Monteith Bowl

Date: 1706

Maker: Isaac Dighton

Country: England

Stock Number: 8975

A rare early English silver bowl with typical decoration for the period. Large size. Particularly charming are the quaint lions mask side handles. The shaped Monteith rim is fixed and was used to hold stem glasses, punch ladle and lemon squeezer. To the front and back is a good hand engraved armorial within a decorative cartouche for the Fitzgerald family. There is also a presentation inscription underneath. Gilt interior. Britannia standard silver*. Weight 1895 grams, 60.9 troy ounces. Height 20 cms. Diameter 29.5 cms. London 1706. Maker Isaac Dighton.

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.

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