A Silver Mug by Joseph Forrester, Bill Lowe

Vol 46 no 2, May 2024
Article from Vol 46 no 2, May 2024

A Silver Mug by Joseph Forrester, Bill Lowe


Bill Lowe argues that a silver mug engraved with initials, probably as a christening present, and bearing pseudo-hallmarks and maker’s initials ‘JF’, was most probably made in Hobart by Scottish-born convict silversmith Joseph Forrester, when he was in business there on his own account in the early 1840s. While many pieces have been attributed to Forrester (1805–1863), this would be the first, and so far the only, piece of silver attributed to Forrester which also bears his initials as maker.

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