Old London Silver, Its History, Its Makers and Its Marks

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Scribner, 1903 - Hallmarks - 405 pages

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Page 163 - Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast, Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round, And while the bubbling and loud hissing urn Throws up a steamy column, and the cups That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
Page 83 - Whiles his young master lieth o'er his head. Second, that he do on no default Ever presume to sit above the salt. Third, that he never change his trencher twice. Fourth, that he use all common courtesies, Sit bare at meals, and one half rise and wait. Last, that he never his...
Page 113 - My stockings there I often knit/ my kerchief there I hem; and there upon the ground I sit — I sit and sing to them. And often after sunset/ sir/ when it is light and fair/ I take my little porringer/ and eat my supper there.
Page 29 - ... bills at the like or higher interest. " Much about the same time, the goldsmiths (or new-fashioned bankers) began to receive the rents of gentlemen's estates remitted to town, and to allow them and others who put cash into their hands some interest for it, if it remained but a single month in their hands, or even a lesser time.
Page 17 - It containeth in number ten fair dwelling-houses and fourteen shops, all in one frame, uniformly built four stories high, beautified towards the street with the Goldsmiths' arms and the likeness of woodmen, in memory of his name, riding on monstrous beasts, all which is Bread Street Ward 309 cast in lead, richly painted over and gilt...
Page 29 - ... at a time, as they wanted it, with infinitely less trouble than if they had lent it out on either real or personal security. " The consequence was, that it quickly brought a great quantity of cash into their hands, so that the chief or greatest of them were now enabled to supply Cromwell with money in advance, on the revenues, as his occasion required, upon great advantages to themselves.
Page 25 - Come to plate, every taverne can afford you flat bowles, French bowles, prounet cups, beare bowles. beakers : and private householders in the Citie, when they make a feast to entertain their friends, can furnish their cupbords with flagons, tankards, beere-cups.
Page 114 - ... and bombards at the court, which when the French-men first saw, they reported at their returne into their countrey, that the English-men used to drinke out of their bootes...
Page 132 - Massy tankards form'd of silver plate, That walk throughout his noted house in state ; Ever since Eaglesfield in Anna's reign, To compliment each fortunate campaign, Made one be hammer'd out for every town was ta'en.

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