Commonwealth Period Antique Silver Wine Taster


Stock: 10189

Date: Circa 1655

Country: England

A superb early English silver dish of circular shallow form with simple wire handles. Very rare and charming small size....

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A superb early English silver dish of circular shallow form with simple wire handles. Very rare and charming small size. The design of punched beading and lobes is typical of the period and forms a flower design in the base of the bowl. Engraved on the rim with owner’s initials “ALS”.

Weight 19 grams, less than one troy ounce.
Height 2.2cm (to top of handle). Diameter 6.2cm. Spread across handles 8.5cm.
London circa 1655.
Maker “WH.”

Marks. Stamped on the edge of the rim with the maker’s mark only “WH”, badly stamped but almost certainly for very likely to be the “WH, star above, pellet in annulet below” listed in Jacksons page 122.

*There are no precise records of silver makers marks prior to 1681 as all records were destroyed in the fire at Goldsmiths Hall in that year when the Assay Office and apartments of the Assayer and Clerk in the south west wing of the building were burned down.

Literature – The saucer shaped taster was already in use as early as the 14th century BC in Minoan Crete and has been essential in the production of wine right through to the present time. It is used by the sommelier to determine a wine’s quality by assessing the color, clarity, bouquet and taste. The majority of wine tasters in existence are French. The owners often engraved their name on the taster whose single flat handle often accommodated a neck cord. Very few English wine tasters were made because wine was not a national product however a number were produced during a short period in the second half of the 17th century. These English examples are rare and anything after this date is even rarer. The early English examples were in the shape of a flat bowl, often with simple wire handles (these often have original rough soldering which can appear “blobby”).


This lovely little cup is in very good condition. Excellent patina. Shows moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. The little side handles have a bit of solder showing where they are joined to the body, this is very likely to be original.

Maker Information

No maker assigned

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