A very rare Britannia Standard Queen Anne silver miniature candlestick, the lobed and fluted cylindrical stem on a stepped hexagonal foot. Hallmarked on underside with the Britannia standard mark, the lions head erased and the London date letter for 1709, the impression for the makers mark stamp is present but worn away. A pair of what appear to be identical examples by George Manjoy London 1707 can be seen on the website of S. In excellent original condition, one tiny pin hole to stem. Probably by George Manjoy London 1709.Britannia silver is an alloy of silver containing 11 ounces and 10 pennyweight silver in the pound troy, equivalent to 95.83% by weight silver, the balance being usually copper. This higher standard of silver content of 958 parts per thousand was introduced in England by Act of Parliament in 1697 to replace sterling silver (92.5% silver) as the obligatory standard for items of "wrought plate". The lion passant gardant hallmark denoting sterling was replaced with "the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia", and the leopard's head mark of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths replaced with a "lion's head erased". Britannia standard silver was introduced as part of the great recoinage scheme of William III from 1696, when attempts were made to limit the clipping and melting of sterling silver coinage. A higher standard for wrought plate meant that sterling silver coins could not easily be used as a source of raw material because additional fine silver, which was in short supply at the time, would have to be added to bring the purity of the alloy up to the higher standard. Britannia silver is considerably softer than sterling, and after complaints from the trade sterling silver was authorised again for use by silversmiths from 1 June 1720, and thereafter Britannia silver has remained an optional standard for hallmarking in the United Kingdom and Ireland. I have many stunning pieces of collector's silver in my shop, please look at my other items.
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Sizes, weights etc are all approximate. The item "Very rare Queen Anne miniature silver candlestick London 1709" is in sale since Monday, January 6, 2020.This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Miniatures". The seller is "13highstreet" and is located in Bath. This item can be shipped worldwide.