Antique Silver Sliding Top Caddy

Date: 1922

Maker: Vander & Hedges Ltd, London

Country: England

Stock Number: 7782

Large size and good heavy weight. An excellent antique sterling silver tea caddy box in the Queen Anne style. *Britannia Standard silver. It has a sliding top and the cap comes off to be used as a tea measure. Weight 440 grams, 14.1 troy ounces. Height 15 cms. Base 10 x 6 cms. London 1922. Maker Vanders & Hedges. Retailer Tessiers.

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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