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Silver mug, London 1755
Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 5:02 am
I have a silver mug made in London in 1755. I would be interested to know the silversmith and if possible more of him/her and the kind of works he/she has made.
I guess these were used for beer drinking by higher society.
Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:28 am
Your drinking vessel was made by William Shawn & William Priest.
Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:41 am
The quality of items on this forum is really very impressive.
My copy of Grimwade's says William Shaw II (not Shawn) and William Preist (e before i).
A bit of extra info: William Shaw II was apprenticed to John Swift on 11 November 1736; his first mark was entered alone on 3 January 1749 and his second in partnership with Preist on 12 October 1749.
William Preist first entered his mark with Shaw. The partnership may have broken up around 1760.
Grimwade says of the partnership: "(the) mark occurs on good, if not inspired, hollow-ware, coffee-pots, tankards and some waiters."
Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:57 am
I found more information about William Shawn & William Priest in the book " The Marks of the London Silversmiths and Goldsmiths", c. 1697-1837, by John P. Fallon
William Priest was the son of William Priest and was apprenticed to Richard Gurney on 30 July 1740.He obtained his freedom on 6 september 1749, and was made a Liveryman in March 1758 and died between 1802 and 1811.
William Shawn II was the son of Thomas Shawn (Dry Cooper) and was apprenticed to John Swift on 11 November 1736.He obtained his freedom on 6 April 1748 and was made a Liveryman in April 1751.
In the Parliamentary Return of 1773, he is recorded as a plate worker of Bishopsgate Street.
Hope this helps!
Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:05 am
Shaw & Preist it is !
Sorry for my mistake!
Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:57 pm
Thanks both for Alain and Miles for the silversmith names and especially interested to know more of their work.
Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 5:35 pm
I've just seen a teaspoon of theirs for sale.