A William & Mary Sterling Salver with Cut Card Decoration

A William & Mary Sterling Salver with Cut Card Decoration

One of the earliest and most interesting pieces of English sterling we have ever found. The weight and quality of workmanship are excellent. The marks are quite worn, as one would expect for a piece of this age with marks on the top surface, but we were able to match the maker’s mark to an unattributed London mark shown in Jackson’s. The “anchor between ES crowned” mark was entered in 1695-6. We can also make out the crowned leopard sterling mark so we know that this was made before the introduction of the Britannia standard in 1697. ¬†What I could not understand was why the really beautiful cut card decoration was on the underside. After some study an acknowledged expert figured that it had started life in the mid 17th century as the lid of a very large Commonwealth period tankard, which would have been marked on the side. The detached lid was turned over, the feet and gadroon edge were added and the William & Mary coin was installed when the present marks were applied. This could be thought of as a very elegant “make do”.

wt 12.65 troy ounces

England, London, 1695-96 c.H: 1"D: 7.6"Reference number: 25647