Queen Anne Antique Silver Dish

GBP 5,500.00

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Object Description

An early English antique silver bowl with scalloped edge and unusually deep bowl with 16 segments. This form is usually called a strawberry dish or salad dish. Hand engraved to the centre is a family armorial, incorporating a swan, within a decorative cartouche. Superb colour.

Weight 519 grams, 16.6 troy ounces.
Height 5cm. Diameter 23.3cm.
London 1709.
Maker Nathaniel Lock.
Britannia standard silver.

A fine early 18th century dish suitable for serving fruit, bread and salad.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks. Also inscribed with the scratchweight 17=3 and owner’s initials “E.G”.

Maker: Nathaniel Lock

Nathaniel Lock, apprenticed to Roger Strickland in 1680, free 1687. First mark entered as smallworker circa 1687. 2nd, 3rd and 4th marks entered as largeworker in 1699. Died 1749.

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Object Literature

*Britannia Standard silver. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent pure. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.

Object Condition

The bowl is in very good condition with a moderate amount of wear consistent with age. The engraving is still sharp. Excellent colour.

Object Details

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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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