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Pair of sauceboats

Pair of sauceboats

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1840-60 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vincent, Edward (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, raised and embossed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 66, The Whiteley Galleries, case 10 []

‘The market is now flooded with plain and fluted plate (of Queen Anne of the earlier Georges), which is made to all appearances, both home and abroad, and bought hither by the wagon load.’ (William Cripps, 'Old English Plate', 1878).

Once collecting silver became fashionable and hallmarks had been de-coded (in the 1850s), a flood of fake antique silver with spurious marks caused problems for dealers, collectors and the Goldsmiths’ Company. This sauceboat was made in the 19th century, in the fashionable revived Rococo style of the 18th century. We do not know if it was made as a fake, but at some point, the hallmarks from a piece of silver of 1727-8 with the mark of goldsmith Edward Vincent were cut out and inserted into the base to deceive the purchaser.

Physical description

Pair of sauceboats decorated with repousse ornament of flowers and embossed cartouches in the style of the Rococo revival of the mid 19th century. Between the oval foot and the base of the jug an oval disk of silver has been fitted with genuine hallmarks for the London silversmith, Edward Vincent and the date letter for 1727-8.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)


1840-60 (made)


Vincent, Edward (made)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, raised and embossed

Marks and inscriptions

Marks of Edward Vincent, London 1727-8
Transposed marks


Length: 20.8 cm, Height: 11.1 cm

Descriptive line

Silver. Transposed marks.

Silver. Transposed marks. Body: 1 of 3 parts of dismantled object.

Silver. Duty dodger. Plate with hallmarks: detached from sauceboat that has been dismantled into 3 parts.


Metalwork Collection

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