Queen Anne Silver Dog Nose Spoon

Date: 1703

Maker: John Ladyman

Country: England

Stock Number: 8149

A good example of an antique silver dog nose spoon dating from the beginning of Queen Anne's reign. Made of Britannia standard silver* and retaining the original gilt finish. The reverse of the bowl with a long rat-tail. The front of the terminal hand engraved with an armorial, the reverse of the terminal with the presentation date 12th October 1702. Weight 64 grams, 2 troy ounces. Length 20 cms. London 1703. Maker John Ladyman.

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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