A very desirable set of plain styled antique sterling silver plates with handsome gadroon borders. Hand engraved to each top rim is an expansive armorial with a motto below. Excellent quality. Each is numbered on the underside (range 06-97) showing that the plates originally formed part of a very large set.
Total weight 6071 grams, 195.2 troy ounces.
Maker William Sanden.
Marks. Each plate is stamped underneath with a full and matching set of English silver hallmarks.
Arms. The Fraser coat of arms is displayed within a shield above the family motto “Che sara sara” – “Whatever will be, will be”. In addition, the escutcheon of the Knights and Ladies of the Garter encircles the Fraser arms with the motto “Honi soit qui mal y pense” – “Shame to him who thinks evil of it”.
Maker: William Sanden
William Sanden (Sanders), London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. Grimwade suggests that William Sanden, one mark entered as largeworker at St Martins La Grande in 1755, is the same person as William Sanders listed as a smallworker working at Old Bailey in 1773.
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