Object Description

A fine pair of early English silver footed salvers of plain form. Britannia standard silver*. Hand engraved to the centre of each is a crest within a decorative cartouche. Total weight 1374 grams, 44.1 troy ounces. Diameter 28.5 cm. Height 8 cm. London 1708. Maker John Hodson I.

Biography – John Hodson I, London silversmith, apprenticed to Thomas King 1676, free 1683. Mark entered as largeworker undated.

Object Literature

From the 17th century until the reign of George I salvers (often called tazzas) were raised on a pedestal foot. By 1700 some were made with the foot unscrewing. Very occasionally this type will also have 3 or 4 feet so that the salver can be used on a lower level.

Object Condition

These rare silver tazzas are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The engraving is still sharp. Stamped on top with a full set of English silver hallmarks, each foot with the Britannia mark.
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.

*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.

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