George II Silver Mug


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Object Description

A good quality antique silver tankard of large size and good weight. Of plain form with baluster shape and a shaped handle with acanthus leaf ornament. Ununscribed.

Contains 600 ml, over 1 imperial pint.

Weight 370 grams, 11.8 troy ounces.

Height 13cm. Spread 13cm. Diameter 8.6cm.

London 1752.

Maker John Bayley.

Sterling silver.

John Bayley, London silversmith, apprenticed to William Richards 1729, turned over to John Betts 1735, free 1743. Livery 1750. Mark entered as largeworker 1751.
An alternative identification is as son of Richard Bayley, apprenticed to James Smith 1732, and turned over to his father, freedom unrecorded.

Object Literature

The term “mug” is traditionally used for a single-handed, lidless drinking vessel. They are nearly all of either pint or half pint capacity. Antique silver mugs are very rarely found as early as tankards, the earliest seeming to date from about 1680.

Object Condition

The silver mug is in very good condition. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

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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