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.
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.