George I Silver Coffee Pot

Date: 1720

Maker: Christopher Canner II

Country: England

Stock Number: 8389

A fine early antique silver coffee pot with plain styling, domed lid and engraved armorial both sides. Britannia standard silver*. This lovely pot has an excellent colour and good gauge silver. Weight 747 grams, 24 troy ounces. Height 24.5 cms. Spread 19 cms. Diameter of base 12 cms. London 1720. Maker Christopher Canner II.

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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