Queen Anne Silver Sugar Castor

Date: Circa 1702

Maker: William Fawdery

Country: England

Stock Number: 5127

An antique Britannia standard* silver muffineer in the traditional lighthouse design and having a bayonet fitting. Britannia standard silver. This lovely piece is of heavy quality and feels good in the hand. The base is simply styled with gadroon borders, the top is beautifully pierced and engraved and there is the original coat of arms engraved to the front. Weight 10.5 troy ounces. Height 21 cms. Diameter 8.5 cms. London 1702. By William Fawdery. The base is fully marked, the top is part marked.

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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