A rare and beautiful early English silver alms dish. Britannia standard silver*. Simple plain design. Lovely patina and excellent original condition. Hand engraved to the border is an armorial within a decorative cartouche. Weight 570 grams, 18.3 troy ounces. Diameter 20.5 cms. Height 1.5 cms. London 1707. Maker David Willaume, an important Huguenot maker.
This silver dish is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The armorial engraving is still sharp. It has a full set of clear English silver hallmarks stamped to the reverse (slightly rubbed). There is some light surface scratching from used over the years.
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.