Antique George II Silver Salver

GBP 3,850.00

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Object Description

A fine quality antique sterling silver salver of circular form and raised on cast shaped feet. Ribbed and scalloped border, similar in style to the strawberry dish popular at this time. Good weight and patina. The surface and border are hand engraved with a well executed decoration of shells and scrolls, typical of the period and displaying the Hugeunot influence associated with this maker. To the centre is an excellent armorial within a decorative cartouche.
Weight 715 grams, 22.9 troy ounces. Scratch weight 23=6.
Diameter 24 cm, inner diameter 19.5 cm. Height 4 cm.
Circa 1735.
Maker’s mark only for Benjamin Godfrey.

Benjamin Godfrey, no record of apprenticeship or freedom, however he almost certainly worked as a journeyman for Abraham Buteux. On Buteux’s death in 1731 his widow Elizabeth Buteux (nee Pantin) set up business. Benjamin married Elizabeth in 1732 and entered his first mark as largeworker in that same year. Second and third marks entered in 1739. Died 1741 when Elizabeth entered her own mark. Benjamin’s work displays strong Huguenot influences in design and fine execution.

Object Condition

The silver salver is in very good condition. Stamped underneath with the makers mark for Benjamin Godfrey and an incuse crown struck 3 times (unidentified). The engravings still have good definition. The scratch weight is also engraved underneath.
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.

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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