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SAUCE BOAT - CALCUTTA 1945 or 1970
Material: silver of 916/1000 (mainly silver and zinc
alloy) or 925/000 (sterling standard
Period: 1945 or 1970
Silversmith: H & Co Ld. for Hamilton & Company Limited
Crafting method: Mainly hand made
Dimension: Height: 7,5 cm; dimension 12,7 x 7 cm
Weight: 87 g
This sauce boat was made in Calcutta (India) by Hamilton &
Company, which was established by Robert Hamilton and others at
the beginning of 19th century. Due to the fact that the British
regulation on hallmarking was not in force in the British
Colonies, immigrated silversmiths were use to mark the
silverware with their trade mark and a series of
pseudo-hallmarks similar to those used in England and Scotland
for sterling silver.
Marks, struck in line on the body: H & Co Ltd. (trade mark of
Hamilton & Company Limited); an elephant, a roman capital I
(date letter for 1945 or 1970) and the word 'silver'.
The sauce boat is of very good gauge and mainly hand made. It is
not clear if at the date of crafting of this salver,
silversmiths working in India were using the former alloy of
916/1000 purity or the sterling standard like in the U.K.