George III Silver Wine Coaster


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Object Description

A classical style antique sterling silver coaster with pierced silver gallery, bright cut borders and turned hardwood centre. Excellent quality. There are cut out medallions to the sides and an engraved crest to the front. Height 4 cms. Diameter 11.75 cms. London 1788. Maker George Smith. One of a set of 6 – other coasters available. Priced individually.

Object Literature

Wine coasters were not made until the 1760’s when they were produced from pierced sheet similar to the cake baskets of that date. They were usually made in pairs, sometimes fours, but it is rare to find an antique set longer than four.

The silver hallmarks were often stamped on the edge of the base and as a result the marks can sometimes be difficult to read, either because they were badly struck or because, over the years, they have become rubbed.

Object Condition

This pretty wine coaster is in very good condition with no damage or repairs to the borders. The engraving is still crisp. The wooden base is in very good condition with the exception of coaster 3 which has a split across the middle.

Fully stamped on the edge of the base; the marks are worn however we are certain in our attribution of both date and maker because, originally one of a set of six, we were able to compare all the marks before finalising our decision. Coaster 3 has a small split in the silver next to the hallmark.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

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Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS