Antique Silver George III Cream Jug made in 1785


This handsome antique George III silver cream jug stands on a pedestal foot and features a punch bead border around the lip.

Date 1785
Made By Samuel Godbehere
Location London
Stock Number W7x15
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Maker: Samuel Godbehere

This handsome antique George III silver cream jug stands on a pedestal foot and features a punch bead border around the lip.

The upper portion of the body is ornamented with flowers and leaves. The body also has a shell bordered cartouche containing the initials “I” over “M.E”.

Dimensions: height (to lip) 11 cm, width (from handle to lip) 10.5 cm; weight 2.37 troy oz.

Samuel Godbehere

Samuel Godbehere was not apprenticed through the Goldsmiths’ Company nor was a Freeman of the Company.

He entered his first mark as plateworker in November 1784 at 86 Cheapside, succeeding to James Stamp (goldsmith and jeweller).

Second mark, 27 November 1784.

Third mark in 1786 Samuel Godbehere began the partnership with Edward Wigan, entering the new mark on 13 September.

Fourth mark still at 86, Cheapside entered 14th August 1789.

Fifth mark 26 July 1792.

Sixth mark in partnership with Edward Wigan and James Bult, entered as S. Goodbehere and Co. 15th March 1800, when he signs as Goodbehere as opposed to Godbehere in the first entries.

Seventh mark, in partnership with James Bult only, 16 September 1818. Address 86 Cheapside. This partnership was apparently dissolved by 13 July 1819, when Bult’s mark alone was entered.

Samuel Godbehere “of Cheapside Goldsmith’ married, 13 November 1790, Miss Wood of Great George Street, Westminster (The Gentleman’s Magazine p 1052).

Heal records him as succeeding James Stamp goldsmith and jeweller, 86 Cheapside, next Mercers’ Chapel 1784; with Wigan as plateworker, Cheapside 1786; and as Godbehere, Wigan and Co (late Mr. Stamp’s) working goldsmiths, at the same address, 1787-96. Godbehere had power of attorney to sign the entry of William Bottle’s mark, a Bath goldsmith, 6 March 1800, when he signs as “ALD” (Alderman) A. George Fred.  Bult also had power of attorney in1831 for James Burden of Bath which suggests a long connection of the Cheapside establishment with Bath goldsmith, perhaps as supplying the later with London goods.


Arthur G. Grimwade, London Goldsmiths 1697-1837

John P. Fallon, Marks of London Goldsmiths and Silversmiths (1697-1837)

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