An exceedingly rare stock clasp
came up in auction recently in Canada.
Modesty prohibits me from naming the buyer, except to say my wife has now, almost, forgiven me for the cost !
Marks are only the Lion Passant of London 1740-1756 and the maker's, which is unrecorded as far as I can tell. The rebus is, I think, a cup and cover. The Golden Cup
was a quite common shop sign and address for goldsmiths in this period , but not recorded to any I A one as far as I know . However two intrepid heroes of 925 are currently searching for the Golden Cup !
My own thought is perhaps John Andrews of Brick Lane. Probably wishful thinking.
are not uncommon, they fastened at the back of the neck to secure a fancy cravat called a stock. Found from around 1730 until mid Victorian time and are a conventional buckle, albeit with three, four and, occasionally five studs on one side only
are rare survivors, I've only ever seen three or four in English silver . They were worn, I believe, at the front of the throat, often by the military . They seem to have gone out of use by 1750 - 1760
Size is 44mm by 52 mm.