8549
Antique William III Silver Chocolate Pot

Date: 1701

Maker: William Gamble

Country: England

Stock Number: 8549

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A rare early English antique silver chocolate pot with straight tapering sides and domed lid typical of the period. This can also be used for coffee. Britannia standard silver*. Side handle. Large size and good weight. To the front there is a large hand engraved armorial and crest. A nice feature is the little hinged flap on the end of the spout. Weight 777 grams, 24.9 troy ounces. Height 26 cms. Diameter of top 7 cms, of the base 11.5 cms. Contains 1100 ml. London 1701. Maker William Gamble.

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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