8437
Antique William III Silver Porringer

Date: 1697

Country: England

Stock Number: 8437

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A fine antique silver porringer with bands of ribbing and bright cut engraving. Britannia standard silver. Excellent condition and patina. Weight 369 grams, 11.8 troy ounces. Height 11.75 cms. Diameter 11.75 cms. 11.75 cms. London 1697. Makers initials S.C? with a wheel.

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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