A rare antique early antique silver brandy pan with turned wooden handle and upright shape. Britannia standard silver*. Excellent patina. Weight 141 grams, 4.5 troy ounces. Height of pan 5.5 cms. Diameter of top 8.25 cms. Spread 22.5 cms. London 1711. Maker probably Richard Gines.
This superb piece of early silver is in very good condition with no repairs or restoration. Excellent colour. Good gauge silver. The wooden handle is original. Good clear silver marks. Only part of the makers mark is there, the “R” and mullet are very clear and the maker is likely to be Richard Gines.
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. 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 and is always prized.