Antique Queen Anne Silver Cut Card Chocolate Pot 1704

Antique Queen Anne Silver Cut Card Chocolate Pot 1704

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This is a wonderful and rare antique Brittania silver cut card chocolate pot with hall marks for London 1704 and the makers mark CR which stands for Christopher Canner the 1st, registered his mark for New Standard in April 1697.

The pot is of tapered lighthouse shape with a nicely detailed swan-neck spout, with hinged domed cover with scroll thumbpiece and balluster finial, and the original fruitwood handle.

It has superb decorative applied cut card flame decoration to the hanlde, spout and finial.

It has a full set of clear English Brittania silver hallmarks with makers mark next to the handle as well as the Brittania and makers mark to the lid.

Condition:

In excellent condition with clear hallmarks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 26 x Width 15 x Depth 16

Dimensions in inches:

Height 10 inches x Width 6 inches x Depth 6 inches

Christopher Canner I.

Country, England. Worked, c. 1685 - c. 1720,
Registered his mark in April 1697

Britannia silver
is an alloy of silver containing 11 ounces and 10 pennyweight silver in the pound troy, equivalent to 95.83% by weight silver, the balance being usually copper.
This standard was introduced in England by Act of Parliament in 1697 to replace sterling silver (92.5% silver) as the obligatory standard for items of "wrought plate". The lion passant gardant hallmark denoting sterling was replaced with "the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia", and the leopard's head mark of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths replaced with a "lion's head erased"
Britannia standard silver was introduced as part of the great recoinage scheme of William III from 1696, when attempts were made to limit the clipping and melting of sterling silver coinage. A higher standard for wrought plate meant that sterling silver coins could not easily be used as a source of raw material because additional fine silver, which was in short supply at the time, would have to be added to bring the purity of the alloy up to the higher standard.
Britannia silver is considerably softer than sterling, and after complaints from the trade sterling silver was authorised again for use by silversmiths from 1 June 1720, and thereafter Britannia silver has remained an optional standard for hallmarking in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Dimensions

W15.0 x H26.0 x D16.0 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Excellent

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

18th Century and Earlier

Style

Antique

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

78214410
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