• The Country House Sale - Newto auction at Christies

    Sale 5984

    The Country House Sale - Newton Hall

    20 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 83

    A WILLIAM III PROVINCIAL SILVER PORRINGER

    STRUCK TWICE WITH MAKER'S MARK OF ROBERT SHRIVE AND TWICE WITH NEWCASTLE TOWN MARK, CIRCA 1695

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    A WILLIAM III PROVINCIAL SILVER PORRINGER
    STRUCK TWICE WITH MAKER'S MARK OF ROBERT SHRIVE AND TWICE WITH NEWCASTLE TOWN MARK, CIRCA 1695
    Part-fluted below a row of stamped acorn motifs, the rim with rope-work border and further stamped decoration, scroll side handles, one side engraved with contemporary initials G*B
    3 in. (7.8 cm.) high
    3 oz. (93 gr.)


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    Prior to the establishment of the Newcastle assay office in 1702, there were no official requirements for marking in this part of the country. Marks were viewed as a personal guarantee from the silversmith of the quality and standard, instead of as a regulatory system. Although this marking strategy would never have been accepted by the wardens in London, it was a common practice in provincial towns and is represented on this lot. Shrive has struck his maker's mark and the town mark twice, creating four impressions on the porringer in order to simulate the marks on contemporary London silver.

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    Literature

    Inventory and Valuation of the contents of Newton Hall, Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland, The Property of Brigadier General B. F. Widdrington, C.M.G., D.S.O., 1925, p. 233.