An excellent quality antique silver porringer with matching lid in the Queen Anne style. *Britannia standard silver. Very large size and suitable for use as a wine cooler. With semi-ribbed embossed decoration to both top and body. To the front there is a large cartouche with scroll and fish-scale ornament containing a presentation inscription to Major George Lambert, Chairman of the Patten Makers Association. To the reverse are 2 hand engraved coats of arms complete with crest and motto. Weight 1612 grams, 51.8 troy ounces. Height 31 cms top of finial), 21 cms (top rim of base). Diameter 20 cms. Spread across handles 32 cms. London 1885. Maker Lambert & Co.
This handsome cup and cover is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Both pieces are stamped with clear and matching English silver hallmarks. The engraving is crisp. Good gauge silver. High grade silver*.
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.