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Benjamin Smith III (1793 - 1850) A William IV Columbine Cup

Silver & silver-gilt
London, 1830,
Maker’s mark of Benjamin Smith III,

Height: 20cm, 7.8in
Weight: 560g, 18oz

£ 2,800

 

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.

Description

The cup modelled after a German columbine cup, the hexafoil body on a stepped trefoil foot, the body with flowers, foliage, shells and pods on a matted ground, the lobed rims with floral swags, the baluster-form stem with alternating ram's-head masks and balls, the upper foot with gadroon and guilloche border, 
Hallmarked on the main body

A William IV Columbine Cup (1793 - 1850) Reference: DT20.63.2