Object Description

A magnificent pair of early English silver lidded flagons with a tall vertical sided body on a spreading base. Britannia standard silver*. Good plain design. Uninscribed. The graceful curved handles have a large cast and scrolled thumb piece. Weight 1166 grams, 37.4 troy ounces and 1185 grams, 38.1 troy ounces. Height 26.5 cms (to top of thumb piece). Diameter 10 cms (top), 13 cms (base). Spread 18 cms. London 1720. Maker Jonah Clifton

Jonah Clifton, London Silversmith and goldsmith. Apprenticed to Benjamin Pyne 1693, free 1703. First mark (Britannia) entered as largeworker 1703. 2nd mark (Sterling) 1720.

Object 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 and is always prized.

Object Condition

These rare pieces of early silver are in very good condition with no damage or apparent restoration. Uninscribed. Good weight. Stamped with a full set of clear and matching silver marks to the lid and body. The handle has the makers mark.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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