A rare early English silver monteith from the Queen Anne period. Large size. The decoration, with the ribbed body and decorative cartouches, is typical for this period. Particularly charming are the quaint lions mask side handles. The shaped monteith rim is fixed and was originally used to hold stem glasses, punch ladle and lemon squeezer. To the front and back there is a good hand engraved armorial for the Fitzgerald family. Underneath the bowl there is also a presentation inscription from the Fitzgerald family. Gilt interior.
Weight 1895 grams, 60.9 troy ounces.
Height 20cm. Diameter 29.5cm.
Maker Isaac Dighton.
Britannia standard silver (95.8% pure).
This exceptional silver punch bowl is still perfectly functional and can give as much pleasure today as it did over 300 years ago. Can also be used as a wine cooler or for flower display.
Marks. Stamped next to the handle with a full and clear set of English silver hallmarks.
*Britannia Standard. In 1696 silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replaced the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720.
Maker: Isaac Dighton
Isaac Dighton, London silversmith, apprenticed to William Browne, Citizen and Haberdasher, in 1665. Free 1672. Mark (Britannia) entered as largeworker undated, presumably 1697. Died 1707.
Isaac bound 5 apprentices in the Haberdashers Company during his working career.
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