8624
George I Silver Coffee Pot

Date: 1718

Maker: Augustin Courtauld

Country: England

Stock Number: 8624

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This is a rare early antique silver coffee pot from the reign of George I. This handsome pot is made from Britannia standard* grade silver and has the desirable octagonal shape with domed lid. Lovely plain style and a nice feature is the ducks head spout terminal with hinged flap cover. Extremely heavy quality, this pot feels good in the hand and pours beautifully. Contains 870 ml. Weight 1029 grams, 33 troy ounces. Height 23.5 cms. Spread 22 cms. London 1718. Lid with Britannia mark*. Maker Augustus Courtauld, the celebrated Huguenot maker.

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 (or Hibernia)" 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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