Charles II Silver Porringer
A rare early English silver porringer of small size having 2 side handles and belly shape. Lovely original hand beaten...Buy NowEnquire
A rare early English silver porringer of small size having 2 side handles and belly shape. Lovely original hand beaten finish.
Weight 69 grams, 2.2 troy ounces.
Height 5.5 cm. Diameter 6 cm.
Marks. Stamped with a full set of good clear silver hallmarks although the makers mark and date letter are not fully stamped. The maker IC is listed in Jacksons (see photo)*.
Signed/Inscribed: *It is unusual to have a maker’s name for a piece of silver of this early date as there are no precise records of silver makers’ marks prior to 1697. All records were destr in the fire at Goldsmiths Hall in 1681 when the Assay Office and apartments of the Assayer and Clerk in the south west wing of the building were burned down. From 1697 onwards Goldsmiths Hall has preserved a complete record of workmen’s marks, addresses, together with their names and the dates. Sometimes the details of makers can be discovered from old records such as the inventories of noble houses and other institutions.
The first surviving record at Goldsmiths Hall is the 1682 copper plate made to start the recording process again. This has recently prompted a study by Dr David Mitchell, supported by Goldsmiths Hall, resulting in the publication of his 2017 “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”. This reference work identifies previously unknown makers marks and assigns marks struck on existing plate to individuals (attributions for 540 separate marks).
This charming little silver cup is in very good condition. Excellent colour and hand beaten finish. Moderate signs of wear commensurate with age.
No maker assigned
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