George I Silver Chocolate Pot

Date: 1719

Country: England

Stock Number: 8703

A rare early English antique silver chocolate pot with straight tapering sides and domed lid typical of the period. Britannia standard silver*. Ivory side handle. Large size and good weight. The lid is detachable and is held in place by a pin and chain. The top finial is removable so that the chocolate can be stirred. Hand engraved to the front is a good contemporary armorial within a decorative cartouche. Contains 780 ml.Weight 780 grams, 25 troy ounces. Height 24 cms. Diameter of base 11.4 cms. London 1719. Maker either David Willaume or John Wisdome.

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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