A handsome and very solid antique silver cup of excellent plain form. Extremely heavy gauge. A charming feature is the bird shaped terminal to each of the twin side handles.
Weight 646 grams, 20.7 troy ounces.
Height 13.5cm. Spread 21cm. Diameter 12.7cm.
Maker Thomas Port.
Britannia standard silver, high purity 95.8%.
Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks.
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 with new hallmarks – “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia (or Hibernia)” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) to replace the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720.
Maker: Thomas Port
Thomas Port, London silversmith, apprenticed to Richard Syng 1699. Free 1707. Mark entered as largeworker 1713. Died 1733.
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