Price indication scratches …
Â« As I’ve already mentioned to you, in yours actual case there is much more information hidden as only the visible and official London Assay marks.
Thank you for hosting a high resolution photo — indeed it’s necessary and very informative too.
’ marks are hiding some historical information, e.g. mainly prices
, and at least an owner’s name
… Almost scratches are readable if you turn the pot’s bottom left side (clockwise), about 90Âº plus. Let’s start our 'walk':
’ — is as I assume, scratched (upside down) an owner’s name: BENNET
’ (left side of the ‘Year indication letter’)
could be some ciphers (or that are fingerprints only?)
’ — only in this case readable in (normal) vertical
position: In two lines, between some dividing horizontal lines, a Price indication, I assume: 17 // 1 / o
’, more to the inner circle
— another Price indication, I assume: 25 / II . II o
’ — in two lines a maybe owner’s and or place indication: … o l l e r
… y (second line)
’ — I assume that the marks letter could be a kind of minuscule script r.
That is a Â»Journeyman-mark
Â« - a silversmith who works in his own workplace for others, e.g. traders. He would be paid per finished item.
Right side of the Â»Journeyman-mark
Â« are some little price indication scratches.
’ — as I assume, is a bigger scratched, individual price indication area
; which getting his numerals by individual notice, e.g. by a pencil
There I see as Price indication: $o (= Sovereign), sh (= Shilling), x (= Pence). Very interesting is the Price Index of that time period. The Journeyman’s income was in that time period very low — he had maybe to make 100 tea pots, before he could buy one. http://www.parliament.uk/documents/comm ... 06-009.pdf
Â»Price Index 1750-2005
Â«, p. 12-17, p. 13 (14/21)
for the Year 1847
: 1847 Change in Prices on Year before (1846)
= + 12.0 %
Then after 1847, from 1848 until 1852 on, has happen a steady decrease in Prices: (in 1851 was the Â»Commonwealth ExhibitionÂ« in London)
1848 Change in Prices on Year before (1847) = - 12.1 %
1849 Change in Prices on Year before (1848) = - 6.3 %
1850 Change in Prices on Year before (1849) = - 6.4 %
1851 Change in Prices on Year before (1850) = - 3.0 %
1852 Change in Prices on Year before (1851) = - 0.0 %
1853 Change in Prices on Year before (1852) = + 9.3 %
1854 Change in Prices on Year before (1853) = + 15.1 %
1855 Change in Prices on Year before (1854) = + 3.3 %
1856 Change in Prices on Year before (1855) = - 0.0 %
You’ve an item, which is in style and additional scratches a real document of the Victorian time period. I think you wouldn’t do any harm to this document, if you now like to make an unobtrusive additional owners notice [in the area above the “lion”, or below the Queens head]: Maybe yours name, date of buy, price — and maybe for the latter historians:
Â»925-1000Â« topic 22684
For final let me say: Thank you for yours presentation and cooperation! Happy New Year 2011 - and collectors luck too!
Kind regards silverport