A rare early English silver castor of octagonal form. The top has decorative piercing. Excellent quality and patina. Weight 155 grams, 4.9 troy ounces. Height 15.5 cms. Diameter of base 5 cms. *Britannia standard silver. London 1718. Maker Charles Adam. Makes a good pair with #8028.
This lovely silver shaker is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Fully matching. The base is fully stamped with English silver hallmarks, the top has the makers mark and lion stamp. Excellent quality and patina. The top fits well and the caster stands steady.
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. 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.