George I Silver Caster

Date: 1718

Maker: Charles Adam

Country: England

Stock Number: 8033

A rare early English silver castor of octagonal form. The top has decorative piercing. Excellent quality and patina. Weight 155 grams, 4.9 troy ounces. Height 15.5 cms. Diameter of base 5 cms. *Britannia standard silver. London 1718. Maker Charles Adam. Makes a good pair with #8028.

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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