Antique Queen Anne Silver Tea Kettle

Date: 1712

Maker: Samuel Margas

Country: England

Stock Number: 8728

A large and imposing antique silver samovar of plain design and having a shaped folding handle made of ivory. Very early design. Britannia standard silver* The matching stand has carrying handles and stands on large ivory pad feet; it has a removable burner well with push on top. Excellent colour and hand hammered finish. A nice feature is the hinged cover to the pouring spout. Weight 2390 grams, 76.8 troy ounces. Total height 36 cms (handle extended, 29 cms (to the finial). London 1712. Maker Samuel Margas.

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. 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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