English provincial silver. A sturdy antique silver sauce boat, or cream boat, with typical classic shape and plain styling of the period. Dainty size and good weight. Owners initials inscribed below.
Weight 140 grams, 4.5 troy ounces.
Spread 14.5 cm. Height 13.5 cm (to top of handle).
Maker Isaac Cookson.
The most famous of the early Georgian Newcastle silversmiths was Isaac Cookson. Free in 1726 after his apprenticeship to Francis Batty, he worked in London for about a year as journeyman for the leading silversmiths including George Wickes and possibly Paul de Lamerie. Returning to Newcastle he quickly established himself as the leading craftsman in the area and developed a flourishing business based in the shop previously owned by the late Francis Batty II. His large workshop employed many apprentices including John Langlands and John Goodrick who acquired the business in 1755. Cookson died in 1757.