Creation of the Brittania mark

BRITANNIA STANDARD SILVER (1697 - 1720)

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Britannia silver. Britannia silver is considerably softer than sterling, and after complaints from the trade, sterling silver was again authorised for use by silversmiths from 1 June , and thereafter Britannia silver has remained an optional standard for hallmarking in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Britannia silver standard (95,84% of fine silver)(note 1), was introduced by a Parliament's Act signed by William III to replace sterling silver (92,5% of fine .

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Antique English Silver London Britannia Standard Candlesticks Arthur Dickens A fantastic set of four candlesticks with the arms are those of Mansell impailing Hervey, for Bussy, 4th Baron Mansell and his first wife Lady Betty, daughter of John, 1st Earl of Bristol.

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Sterling marks changed

London - George Fox.

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Britannia silver is an alloy of silver containing 11 ozt 10 dwt i. To effectively halt the destruction of the coinage the practice was deemed illegal in and the creation of the higher Britannia

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