Wilson 55 is proud to present a single-owner collection of important antique silver, dating from the 17th century onwards. Carefully accrued over many years by a discerning Cheshire collector, this wonderful selection of lots comprises a significant collection of silver nutmeg graters, stunning George III silver stirrup cups, and arguably ‘the jewel in the crown,’ a Queen Anne Britannia silver bowl dating from 1702 and bearing royal insignia.
Assayed in the year of Queen Anne’s coronation, this remarkable and opulent Britannia silver bowl has survived the test of time. Queen Anne silver is notoriously rare, since most damaged or stolen silver could be melted down, made into other items, and marked with a later date. A rare survivor of the period, this bowl has a thick gauge making it a robust vessel that has withstood over three hundred years’ worth of history.
The Britannia standard of 95.8% silver was introduced in 1696 in attempts to prevent the clipping of coinage during the time. This new standard of silver was represented on the hallmarks by a figure of Britannia. The standard of 92.5%, or 925 silver was restored in 1720 and both standards are still used by modern day silversmiths.
The bowl bears hallmarks for famed silversmith Anthony Nelme. Nelme was first recorded as an apprentice silversmith to Richard Rowley in 1672, and Isaac Deighton thereafter. Anthony Nelme established his own silversmithing around 1680, and continued until his death in 1722, when his son Francis took over the business. Nelme was one of the leading English-born silversmiths of his day, creating pieces for aristocracy and eventually royalty. Nelme became a member of the Court of Assistants in 1703, one year after our bowl was assayed.
In a relatively plain design, this beautiful piece is notable for its magnificent, engraved decoration. This remarkable piece is adorned with the royal crest of Queen Anne, with the order of the garter and her initials.
With a rarity, prestige and design that is sure to attract the attention of silver collectors and royal aficionados alike, this wonderful silver bowl is offered with an estimate of £1,500-2,500.
For further information on the Silver Sale, please do not hesitate to contact Liz Bailey via email@example.com.