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Benjamin Smith III (1793 - 1850) A William IV Centrepiece Bowl

London, 1830
Maker’s mark of Benjamin Smith III

Width (handle to handle): 37cm, 14.6in
Height:17cm, 6.7in
Weight: 3,029g, 97oz 8dwt

£ 12,500

Silversmith Biography

Eldest son of Benjamin Smith II, born 6 October 1793 at 12 Hockley Row near Birmingham, apprenticed to his father as silversmith 6 July 1808. Free, 3 January 1821. First mark, in partnership with his father, entered 5 July 1816. Address: Camberwell. Second mark alone,15 July 1818. Moved to 12 Duke Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, and third mark, 24 July 1822. Fourth mark, 1 December 1837. Livery, April 1842. Died 1850.


The bowl of circular bellied form with crimped overlaid border and cast leaf-capped scroll handles, the whole on cast leaf-capped scroll feet.
The underside engraved with a scratch weight and retailer’s mark of B. Smith "Duke Street Lin'n Inn Fields"

A William IV Centrepiece Bowl (1793 - 1850) Reference: 23257.4