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    Sale 7628

    Important Silver Including a Collection of Viennese Silver-Gilt Mounted Hardstone Works of Art

    25 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 272

    A QUEEN ANNE SILVER FLAGON

    MARK OF JOHN REED, LONDON, 1709

    Price Realised  

    A QUEEN ANNE SILVER FLAGON
    MARK OF JOHN REED, LONDON, 1709
    Tapering cylindrical on spreading foot, the domed hinged cover with scroll thumbpiece, with scroll handle, engraved under the foot with inscription, marked near rim, under foot, on handle and on cover, the base further engraved with a scratchweight '65oz'
    15 in. (38 cm.) high
    65 oz. (2,017 gr.)
    The inscription reads 'The Gift of Mr. Tho. Biggs to St Alkmonds Parish in Salop'.


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    The presentation of this flagon to St. Alkmonds is recorded by H. Owen and J. B. Blakeway, The History of Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, 1825, p. 285 as 'Thomas Biggs, Draper, a larger silver flagon for the sacrament: he had before given a carpet for the table, and in 1714 he gave a larger silver plate for the sacrament, the homilies, and the works of the author of the Whole Duty of Man'

    St Alkmond was a Prince of the Royal house of Northumberland, son of Alhred of Northumbria. He spend many years, during the Northumbrian dynastic struggles, in exile with the Picts before returning home with an army. Not long after his return he was murdered, sometime around 800, near the modern city of Derby. A local cult was quickly established and six churches were dedicated in his name. St Alkmond's Shrewsbury, from with the three followings lots come, was probably founded circa 912 by Aethelfleda, daughter of King Alfred.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The St. Alkmond's Shrewsbury Communion Plate
    Lots 270-273