Samuel Godbehere & Edward Wigan

A Refined Two-Handled Tray

Samuel Godbehere & Edward Wigan

A Refined Two-Handled Tray

Silver
George III
London, 1791
Maker’s mark of Godbehere & Wigan

Length across handles: 54 cm, 21 ¼ in.
Weight: 1,560 g, 50 oz. 3 dwt.

 

Of oval form on four reeded feet with two handles. The tray with a reeded border. The flat surface engraved with bright cut foliate decoration and central coat of arms cartouche.
 

Samuel Godbehere was not apprenticed in the traditional sense through the Goldsmiths’ Company, nor was he a Freeman of the Company. Godbehere entered his first mark as a plateworker in 1784 at 86 Cheapside, entering a new mark in the September of 1786 when he began his partnership with Edward Wigan. When James Bult joined the partnership in 1800 a new mark was entered, registered as Godhebere, Wigan & Co., them being described as “working goldsmiths”. Though the exact date cannot be certain, Edward Wigan apparently left this partnership in 1818 when a new mark was entered with Godbehere and Bult only – though this was short-lived, Bult himself entering his one mark in 1819.

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