George I Silver Porringer

GBP 1,950.00

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Object Description

A fine antique silver porringer with bands of ribbing to the lower body and a broad rope twist band above. Britannia standard silver*. Good size. Hand engraved to the front within an expansive embossed cartouche, typical of the Queen Anne period, is an armorial crest of a lion. Excellent patina.

Weight 436 grams, 14 troy ounces.
Height 13.8cm. Diameter 13cm. Spread 20.5 cm.
London 1717.
Maker Thomas Parr.

Marks. Stamped below the rim 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. 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.

Thomas Parr, London silversmith, apprenticed to Simon Noy 1687, free 1694. Livery 1712. 1st mark entered as largeworker undated, probably 1697. 2nd mark 1717. Died c.1728 when his widow Sarah entered her own mark.

Object Literature

Porringers are two handled bowls and some have a cover. They can also be known as caudle cups although the origin of the porringer was for porridge and the caudle cup was for a type of broth. From the eighteenth century onwards, porringers and cups and covers were used mainly as centrepieces or ornaments. In recent times they have seen a resurgence in popularity for drinking and on the dining table. They make a very attractive baby gift.

Object Condition

In very good condition. Slight wear to the lion engraving.

Object Details

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By appointment only.

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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