A superb early English antique silver chocolate pot with straight tapering sides and domed lid typical of the period. Britannia standard silver*. Excellent colour. Shaped wooden side handle. The top finial is removable so that the chocolate can be stirred. To the front there is a fine contemporary armorial. Contains 750 ml. Weight 531 grams,17 troy ounces. Height 23 cms. London 1713. Maker Timothy Ley.
This rare antique silver pot is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent colour. The silver marks on the side of the pot are still in good condition, the lid is unmarked. The armorial is still crisp. The makers mark is badly struck but definitely Timothy Ley.
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.