cf. J.W. Frederiks, Dutch Silver, The Hague, 1958, part II, no. 263, plate 89, for a similar ewer by the same maker
Elger Mensma was born in Leeuwarden in 1682. He became apprentice to his father's workshop in Leeuwarden in 1692 and later became a member of the Amsterdam's silversmiths guild in 1710. He was known to have specialized in table services and vessals of high quality.