Extremely rare provincial George I silver coffee pot C1720 Benjamin Branker Liverpool
This extremely rare and provincial crested George I dome topped silver coffee pot was made C1720 by Liverpool maker Benjamin Branker and measures 9.75 inches tall by 8.5 inches from handle to spout and is 4.5 inches in dia across the base. It has an original crest to one side of a heart between two hairy paws and has a faceted spout with drop detailing to the underside, the fruit wood handle sits in two silver ferrules and the domed lid has a bun shaped finial atop, the body in flaring and the base skirted and it is hallmarked under the base with the makers mark and STERLING struck twice and also to the lid lip with the makers mark struck twice. A very rare pot by a very rare maker in very good condition weighing 25 ounces or 780 grams.
There appears to be only one other coffee pot known by this maker and that is in the Liverpool Museum and pictured in The Grovenor Museum Chester book Chester Silver where it also states he worked in Water Street Liverpool and was married in 1704. It is recorded that he was elected a Freeman of Chester by petition. It seems likely that his BB mark in an oval punch was used until C1720 when he changed to the BB mark with a Liver bird above.