William and Mary Britannia Standard Silver Mug

  • This Britannia standard silver mug displays the best qualities of early British silver
  • Dating to the William and Mary period, it features clean lines enhanced with striking engraving
  • Britannia pieces like these some of the rarest and most sought-after silver items on the market
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Item No. 31-3122

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This William and Mary Britannia standard silver mug displays the best qualities of the earliest British silver designs: clean lines enhanced with striking engraved decoration. A 1697 Act of Parliament introduced the Britannia standard of silver to prevent British sterling coins from being melted to create silver plate when demand for domestic silver rose after the English Civil War. Britannia silver, indicated by the newly ordered Britannia hallmark, required a higher purity of 95.8% silver, as opposed to sterling silver, which is made of 92.5%. The standard remained compulsory only until 1720, when sterling silver was again approved for use by silversmiths, making Britannia pieces like these some of the rarest and most sought-after silver items on the market today.

Features Britannia standard hallmarks, London, 1698

4 1/4" wide x 2 1/2" deep x 3 1/4" high
William and Mary Britannia Standard Silver Mug
Period: 17th Century
Origin: England
Type: Tankards/Mugs/Canns
Depth: 2.5 Inches
Width: 4.25 Inches
Height: 3.25 Inches

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