A charming antique silver serving dish with a scalloped border and engraved cartouche with armorial to the centre. Britannia standard silver*. Excellent patina. Weight 239 grams, 7.6 troy ounces. Diameter 16.5 cms. Height 2 cms. London 1718. Maker Richard Bayley.
This silver dish is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent colour. Stamped on the top with a full set of English silver hallmarks. The engraved armorial is crisp and probably done in the late Georgian period.
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.