9321
Large George I Silver Mug

Date: 1715

Maker: Seth Lofthouse

Country: England

Stock Number: 9321

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An impressive early English silver tankard with straight sides and plain form. Britannia standard silver. Lovely hand beaten finish. Unusual large size and good proportions. Owners initials incised to the handle. Contains 820 ml. Weight 423 grams, 13.6 troy ounces. Height 13.2 cm. Diameter of top 9.7 cm. Spread 16 cm. London 1715. Maker Seth Lofthouse.

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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