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WILLIAM & MARY. An extremely fine Lighthouse Caster made in London in 1689 by Nathaniel Greene.

This exceptional piece stands on a spreading foot which is decorated with reeding. The cylindrical body is plain in design and is decorated with raised girdles. The pull-off cover is attached to the main body with bayonet fittings and terminates in a cast bell finial. The sides of the cover are pierced with stylised flower heads and fleur de lys. The caster is in excellent condition and has a very good colour. It is fully marked on the side of the main body and with the sterling mark and maker's mark on the cover. The underside of the foot is also engraved with a set of contemporary initials and displays its original assay slither from 1689.

Nathaniel Green was apprentice to Jacob Bodendike and had workshops in St. Martin's Lane. In 1696 he offered a reward of £ 10 for the silver stolen from the home of the Duke of Ormond. He is also recorded as Goldsmith to His Majesty, Dover Street. He died in 1728. The reign of William & Mary only lasted for six years, therefore the amount of silver produced during this period is limited.

Height: 5.5 inches, 13.75cm.
Base Diameter: 2.75 inches, 6.88cm.
Weight: 8oz.


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