Large George I Silver Mug

Date: 1715

Country: England

Stock Number: 9325

An impressive early English silver tankard with straight sides and plain form. Britannia standard silver. Lovely hand beaten finish. Unusual large size. Good proportions and excellent colour. Contains 2 pints. Weight 525 grams, 16.8 troy ounces. Height 14 cms. Diameter of top 10.5 cms. London 1715. Makers mark rubbed.

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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