George I Silver Strawberry Dish

Date: 1718

Maker: Richard Bayley, London

Country: England

Stock Number: 8228

A charming antique silver serving dish with a scalloped border and engraved cartouche with armorial to the centre. Britannia standard silver*. Excellent patina. Weight 239 grams, 7.6 troy ounces. Diameter 16.5 cms. Height 2 cms. London 1718. Maker Richard Bayley.

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 pure. 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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