Commonwealth Period Antique Silver Beaker


Stock: 10340

Date: 1654

Maker: John Winterton

Country: England

An early English silver drinking cup of small size. Plain tapering design with a turned over lip and simple foot....

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An early English silver drinking cup of small size. Plain tapering design with a turned over lip and simple foot.

Contains 240 ml.
Weight 63 grams, 2 troy ounces.
Height 7cm. Diameter 7.5cm.
London 1654.
Maker John Winterton.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver marks. The maker’s mark “IW, woolsack below, in a plain shield” is attributed to John Winterton in Dr David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”.

Literature. Antique Silver Beakers date back to the early 1600s in Europe. They have remained popular up until the present day and are generally of a simple flared form. Early English beakers were often large and of trumpet form but the size diminished during the mid 17th century when beakers became about 3 to 4 inches high.


The cup is in very good condition with a small amount of wear commensurate with age.

Maker Information

Maker: John Winterton

John Winterton, London silversmith, apprenticed to Daniel Wormleighton 1633, free 1642. In 1653 he carried a banner in the mayoral procession of the goldsmith Thomas Vyner. He had an active workshop after the Civil Wars, bound 3 apprentices and had another two turned over to him. Died before 1669.

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