William and Mary silver mug, estimated at £5000 at John Nicholson’s.

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One such piece is this William and Mary silver mug, dated for Norwich 1696, which will be up for auction on March 16 at John Nicholson’s of Fernhurst.

The EH to this William and Mary mug, struck for Norwich 1696, is the mark for Elizabeth Haselwood, who took over the workshop when her husband Arthur died in 1684.

Then aged around 40, she ran the business – a large concern – until her death in 1715, probably hiring other smiths to complete the work. On her death the business passed to her son Arthur. Examples of Elizabeth’s work include a c.1695 tobacco box in the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and a c.1685 beaker in the Royal Collection.

The estimate here is £5000.