Searching for a Georgian wine coaster? Here is one of today's highly sought after George III early Regency wine coasters by the well known John Roberts & Co., Sheffield UK 1807. There is a broad curved fluting to the body, an egg and dart border, and a central sterling button in the turned wooden base.The underside has the original padding. It is marked around the rim of the base: John Roberts & Co.,the maker) , the date mark S for 1807, the Standard mark ( the lion passant )tells you the item is silver,and the Duty mark , the head for the current king or queen. Width 5 3/4" Traditionally, the hallmarks are 'struck' using steel punches. The problem with traditional punching is that the process of punching displaces metal, causing some distortion of the article being marked. Also to insert the wooden base that silver had to be worked after the punches had been placed. The re-working usually reduced the clarity of the marks and sometimes removed them. The date mark S has been moved over the town mark, the crown (Sheffield). John Roberts worked in London and Sheffield. At the time of the date mark S ( 1807) he was working in Sheffield.
Antique Sterling Silver