Queen Anne Silver Shaving Jug

Date: 1711

Maker: David Willaume

Country: England

Stock Number: 8936

An extremely rare early English silver jug of plain oval flattened design. Britannia standard silver*. To the front is a hand engraved armorial within a decorative cartouche. This form of jug was introduced in the late 17th century and would have been used together with a shaving basin. Contains 500 ml. Weight 702 grams, 22.5 troy ounces. Height 19.8 cms (to top of thumbpiece). Spread 14.5 cms. London 1711. Maker David Willaume.

Literature: The earliest known shaving jug dates back to Charles II reign in 1687 and is usually of flattened oval section. The shaving basin is usually circular or oval with a semi-circular section cut from the lip to accommodate the neck of the person being shaved.

*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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