Queen Anne Silver Chocolate Pot

Date: 1713

Maker: Timothy Ley

Country: England

Stock Number: 7316

A superb early English antique silver chocolate pot with straight tapering sides and domed lid typical of the period. Britannia standard silver*. Excellent colour. Shaped wooden side handle. The top finial is removable so that the chocolate can be stirred. To the front there is a fine contemporary armorial. Contains 750 ml. Weight 531 grams,17 troy ounces. Height 23 cms. London 1713. Maker Timothy Ley.

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. 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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