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DESCRIPTION

George I silver pedestal footed beaker with internal gilding. I suspect that the blank cartouche has been erased because there a few telltale little dots towards the borders although it has been done sympathetically and the silver is not thin. This actually has a rather hefty feel in the hand.

SILVERSMITH

Starling Wilford, marked twice. When this silversmith entered his third mark in 1729 he wrote his address as 'Leven In Sene Pulkes parshe ner the old bale'. I read this as 'Living in St. Sepulchre's near the Old Bailey'.

DATE or HALLMARK

1726

ASSAY OFFICE

London

WEIGHT in GRAMS

57

SIZE in INCHES

height: 2 1/4+

SILVER STANDARD

.925 sterling silver

OVERALL CONDITION

Leans slightly, best seen in the first image. When I found this piece it had a functional old lead repair to the base of the cup. Lead was commonly used in the past as a cheap means of fixing silver, but we know better now and it must be removed for it dissolves the surrounding silver and is toxic. My silversmith has removed it and replaced with silver. There were traces of internal gilding and so this has been reinstated. Now that this restoration has been carried out, this beaker has become a piece of early silver that you could actually use safely and without fear of ruin.

FAULTS

There has been some well executed restoration, as mentioned above.
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