Queen Anne Silver Bowl


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Object Description

An early English silver side handled porringer or bleeding bowl of plain circular form. Britannia standard silver*. Very charming with the shaped pierced handle and original hand beaten finish. Owners initials hand engraved to the handle. Weight 125 grams, 4 troy ounces. Diameter 10.8 cm. Height 4.5 cm. Spread 16.8 cm. London 1706. Maker Daniel Sleamaker.

Object Literature

Many people think that these shallow bowls were more likely to be eating vessels, especially for feeding the sick.

*Britannia Standard. 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. 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

This early silver bowl is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped on the body with a full set of English silver hallmarks. There are a few dinks, very minor, which have left alone in order to preserve the excellent patina and hand beaten finish.
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

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

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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