A fine antique Britannia silver gentleman's toilet service; part of our silverware collection
This fine antique Britannia* silver set consists of a pair of toilet boxes which have a square cut cornered form.
The push fit covers have engraved scrolling quill decoration to the surface.
The interiors of the boxes are silver gilt.
The dressing table tray has a rectangular cut cornered form.
It is supported at each corner by pierced decorated scrolling feet.
There is engraved scrolling quill decoration to the surface.
The shaving plate has a rectangular cut cornered form.
It is fitted with a velvet cushion and has the scrollling quill engraving to the front surface.
The shaving plate is supported by four pierced decorated scrolling feet.
* Britannia Silver - The Britannia silver standard of 958 (95.84% of fine silver), denoted by the icon of the seated Britannia holding an oval shield, was introduced by William III in 1697. This was to indicate the slightly higher standard of silver from sterling silver standard of 925 (92.5% of fine silver).
This set is an extremely good gauge of silver, very good quality and in excellent condition.
The velvet cushion is slightly worn in keeping with its age, and there is slight movement within the silver frame.
Full hallmarks struck to the surface of each box body, the interior rim of the covers, the underside of the tray and surface of the shaving plate are all very clear except for the maker's mark to the shaving plate, which is slightly rubbed but legible.
Reflections in photography may not give a true representation of these items.
Weight 16.5 troy ounces/513g
Length 12cm/4.8" square
Weight (each) 13 troy ounces/404g
Weight 12.5 troy ounces/389g
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