A Token of Appreciation for a Jacobean Hoard – Gary Oddie

In August 1847 a hoard of silver coins was found by workmen digging a foundation at Deighton, four miles south of York. The coins ranged from the reign of Mary to James I, with the latest datable to 1613. Some of the coins were donated to the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and are now in York Museum. The rest were returned to the landowner, Lord Wenlock.
A silver tankard was made, with several of the coins mounted on the outside, and presented to the finder. The location of the tankard was unknown until it appeared at auction in 2014 when it was sold along with a silver salver, also mounted with silver coins. From the weights of the tankard and salver, it is speculated that the hoard was melted to provide the silver.

2 thoughts on “A Token of Appreciation for a Jacobean Hoard – Gary Oddie

  1. Hi Gary, another great blog. I do a certain amount of silversmithing and to me the salver looks problematic. The attachment of the silver coins to the salver is a mishmash. Obviously its not easy to be sure without handling the item, but it seems likely to me that the coins were added to the salver at a much later date. Had the coins been an original part of the salver then I would expect them to be neatly recessed or set and mounted in such a way that they form an integral part of the design (as is more or less the case for the tankard). My wife would call the salver a “dust trap”. In the case of the tankard I should think that Lord Wenlock bought an existing item and then asked the silversmith to apply the coins. The shillings are a bit too big but the overall effect looks great.

    BTW, I am currently making a tankard which I will set with three silver coins of Charles I, II ands III.

  2. Hi Graham,
    Many thanks for the note, and glad you liked the blog. Just to confirm the salver description, the following is engraved on the back in a neat italic script: “This waiter weighing 17 oz 14 dwts was made to receive 16 old coins of unknown assay”. I read this as meaning that the coins were attached at the time of manufacture of the plate? Only the plate has a hallmark, so the silversmith is covering himself, though needlessly as the coins will also be fine silver. I see, the phrase “was made” could be interpreted to mean a subsequent addition of the coins, but it doesn’t feel right to me. I could be wrong, but we’ll never know.
    I definitely agree it’s a dust trap – it lives in its box!
    All the best
    ps would like to see a picture of your “Three Charles’s” tankard when done.

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