Queen Anne Style Silver Caddy

Date: 1930

Maker: Richard Comyns

Country: England

Stock Number: 8984

A good antique silver tea caddy box in the Queen Anne style. Britannia standard silver*. It has a sliding top and the cap comes off to be used as a tea measure. Excellent plain features. To the front is an engraved crest. Weight 202 grams, 6.4 troy ounces. Height 12 cms. Base 8.9 x 6.2 cms. London 1930. Maker Richard Comyns.

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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