Similar piercing is found on a set of Casters by Joseph Ward, London, 1698, from the Charles L Poor Collection, sold Sotheby’s, New York, October 26, 2005, lot 82. Even closer is the piercing on a set by Benjamin Pyne 1702, sold Sotheby’s, London, 16 March 1961, lot 73 ($2,023) illustrated in Vanessa Brett, The Sotheby’s Directory of Silver, no. 532 p. 144. For a study of these piercings and possible authorship, see Paul Micio, "The Stencil Master," Apollo, no. 491, 2003 pp. 22-31.
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