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S&M Sterling Silver Medallion Water Pitcher, 1830

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Directory: Antiques: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1251205

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Sanders & Mackenzie, Birmingham makers mark reg. 1830 (S&M) Striking water pitcher classically inspired with hand engraving decoration below neck. Exceptional castings exhibited to enhance the dramatic look. Pitcher with two portrait medallions, a Roman gladiator wearing protective helmet adorned with horsehair trim. On reverse side a Roman female wearing headdress with stalks of grain adorning hair. The Olde English letter “S” inscribed on front of pitcher under pouring spout. On bottom is inscribed “721 with images of Lion, Anchor, and Olde English letter G, Sterling, B, S&M” No dents or dings on pitcher and in excellent condition. 10” High by 6” wide x 8” deep at handle. The hallmark on bottom piece is marked with the Birmingham assay stamp dating it to 1830 and the S&M makers mark for Sanders & Mackenzie. The hallmarking of British silver is based on a combination of marks that makes possible the identification of the origin and the age of each silver piece manufactured or traded in the UK, Town mark, corresponding to the mark of the Assay Office that has verified the piece. The Anchor is the Town Mark. Lion passant guardant or Britannia or lion's head erased, certifying the silver quality. Date letter, in cycles of twenty letters of the alphabet of different shape identifies the year in which the piece was verified by the Assay Office. The Old English letter “G”.