Confirm date, help with maker on George III mug?

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Confirm date, help with maker on George III mug?

Postby whitecross » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:40 pm

Just got this mug. The seller claimed it was 1793, and that the maker is James Phipps I. The date letter looks correct for 1793, but the date letter for 1813 looks similar, too, and the duty mark could allow for either.

I couldn't find a mark for Phipps in the marks on this site.

It doesn't look unlike John Bull. Thoughts or directions you might send me?


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Re: Confirm date, help with maker on George III mug?

Postby silvermakersmarks » Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:48 am

Definitely 1793 - the bar across the date letter is very helpful in distinguishing 1793 from 1813. The maker is a little more problematic as we can't see the whole second letter meaning that it could be I·P, I·R or I·B. My best guess would be I·R for John Robins.

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Re: Confirm date, help with maker on George III mug?

Postby silvermakersmarks » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:46 am

I might also add that if it were I·B possible candidates would be John Bull and John Brockwell, both registered as smallworkers, or, more probably, John Beldon, registered as a plateworker in 1784. The lettering in John Bull's mark, as illustrated by Grimwade, is smaller than we see here. Brockwell registered his mark in March 1794 so could have had silver marked with this 1793/94 hallmark.

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Re: Confirm date, help with maker on George III mug?

Postby whitecross » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:14 am

Thank you, silvermakersmarks!

I looked into those marks. I liked John Robbins as a good match. And then I found this. I know this was a common form by this period. But if seems at least a strong possibility. At least it doesn't rule out Robbins as a possible maker.

Here is my new piece (1793):

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And John Robbins, 1798(?).

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