Antique Silver George III Mug made in 1782
This lovely George III period mug will hold about a pint of beer and still retains the original owner's initials on the top of the handle. A wonderful mug by the most famous lady silversmith of the 18th century.
|Made By||Hester Bateman|
An excellent antique silver straight-sided mug made in 1782 by Hester Bateman of London.
This lovely George III period mug will hold about a pint of beer and still retains the original owner’s initials on the top of the handle.
A wonderful mug by the most famous lady silversmith of the 18th century.
Dimensions: height 12.75 cm, diameter of opening 8.1 cm; weight 9.1 troy oz.
Hester Bateman (1708 – 1794) known as “the Queen of British Silversmiths” was an English silversmith based in London. After the death of her silversmith husband, she successfully ran the family business for 30 years before passing it on to her sons. They in turn passed it on to their sons and the business continued with Batemans at the helm until the mid-19th century.
Hester married John Bateman in 1732 and had six children. When John died of tuberculosis in 1760, he left his tools to his wife and the business. She registered her first mark in 1761 as “HB” in script. Not much appears with her mark up until 1771/2, as it is likely she was supplying other silversmiths who over stamped her mark with their own.
Around 1774, Hester was joined by her sons, John and Peter, and they worked to build up a business in Bunhill Row in London. They first started to produce spoons in the early 1770s (with the odd fork which are very rare from Hester’s workshop) and they expanded their range to produce neoclassical style household silverware, which included many items popular in the 18th century such as teaware, wine labels, jugs, salvers, salt cellars, trays and inkwells. There were certain items that she didn’t make such as candlesticks and candelabra – although I think one or two pairs are known!
The Bateman style is known for its bright-cut engraving, piercing and beading around edges. Hester retired in 1790 and her sons continued the business.
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