Elizabeth I Antique Silver Chalice
Date: Circa 1567
A rare 16th century silver chalice with paten. The cup follows the standard design for Elizabethan communion cups with straight...
A rare 16th century silver chalice with paten. The cup follows the standard design for Elizabethan communion cups with straight tapering sides, very slightly flared at the top, on a spreading foot. Decorated with broad bands of hatched engraving around the centre and top rim, and ornamental wires to the stem and foot. The cover has a matching decoration and a date of 1567. This cup is of excellent quality and weighs heavy in the hand.
Contains 240 ml.
Weight of chalice and paten 338 grams, 10.8 troy ounces.
Chalice dimensions – height 16.1cm, diameter of top 9.9cm, foot 8.7cm.
English, probably provincial.
Likely to have been made from pre-reformation sterling silver.
Marks. Both cup and paten have no silver marks however we have attributed them to circa 1567 based on the design and hatched decoration, both typical of this period, together with the date inscribed on the paten.
Literature: Most parish churches in existence at this date would have had a chalice very similar to this. The church authorities launched a programme from about 1560 to replace the ‘old massing chalices’ with ‘decent’ communion cups of prescribed design, such as this. The programme for refashioning old chalices was staggered from diocese to diocese over a period of about 15 years. The large and remote Welsh diocese of St David’s was one of the last to adopt the new form of communion cup.
Displays moderate wear consistent with 450 years of use.
No maker assigned
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