A plain styled antique sterling silver mug of baluster form with a shaped scroll handle with acanthus mount. Pint size. Excellent quality. Good gauge silver. Uninscribed. Contains 575 ml. Weight 420 grams, 13.5 troy ounces. Height 13.3 cm. Diameter 8.7 cm (top). Spread 13 cm. London 1788. Maker Thomas Wallis II.
Biography – Thomas Wallis II, London silversmith, son of Billers Wallis, victualler, apprenticed to Thomas Wallis I in 1771, free 1779. 1st mark entered as plateworker 1778. 4 marks as bucklemaker 1780-89. Livery 1791. 6th mark as plateworker (2 sizes) 1792. 7th mark (6 punches) 1796. 8th mark (6 punches) 1801. 9th mark, 2 sizes, in partnership with Jonathan Hayne as plateworkers 1810. 10th mark, 3 sizes, 1817. 11th mark 1820. Partnership dissolved 1821 when Hayne entered a separate mark. Also Francis Mayor, apprenticed to Wallis in 1816, was turned over to Hayne in 1821 suggesting the retirement of Wallis. Wallis died 1836.