William and Mary Provincial Silver Beaker. England, Circa 1691.
A rare piece of British provincial silver. A Scottish or Yorkshire silver beaker of plain, tapered cylindrical form having a plain base with simple foot wires. The underside displays very prominent soldering – see condition report.
Contains 250 ml.
Weight 158 grams,5 troy ounces.
Height 9.9 cm. Diameter 7.8 cm.
Yorkshire or Scotland circa 1691.
Maker’s mark “Crown over S.S”.
Marks. These marks are very interesting and worthy of further research.
1. Jackson’s “Silver & Gold Marks” page 476 records this same mark “h, S.S, Catherine wheel and S.S”, without the thistle, as unascribed Yorkshire circa 1691.
2. G.E.P How’s article “Early Scottish Spoons” in the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol.69, January 14th 1935, p.152 discusses this same mark on a trefid spoon with the thistle and a possibility of a Scottish origin. He remarks that the letter “h” is similar to the Inverness mark for the date 1688 and suggests that if the beaker is Scottish the thistle may be the earliest example of this mark.