A fine antique silver porringer with ribbed body and fine armorial engraved to the front. Britannia standard silver*. Weight 346 grams, 11.1 troy ounces. Height 13.5 cms. Diameter 12.25 cms. London 1708. Maker Thomas Spackman.
Very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent patina. Fully stamped with English silver hallmarks. 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. 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.