James I Antique Silver Wine Cup
Maker: Benjamin Francis
A rare early English sterling silver goblet dating to the reign of James I. 400 years old and in very...
A rare early English sterling silver goblet dating to the reign of James I. 400 years old and in very good condition. Plain tapering form over a baluster column and simple pedestal foot. This cup is an outstanding piece of antique silver in every way. Large size. Excellent patina. Heavy weight and gauge of silver. Charming hand beaten finish as you’d expect from this period.
Contains 350 ml.
Weight 286 grams, 9.1 troy ounces.
Height 22cm. Diameter of top 9.6cm, foot 8.1cm.
Maker possibly Benjamin Francis, a known cup maker of the period (see Jackson’s “Gold & Silver Marks” page 109 and also Dr David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”).
Marks. Stamped in a straight line just below the rim with a full set of English silver hallmarks, lion passant to the underside of the foot. The maker’s mark is overstruck and difficult to read.
Literature. Wine goblets in English silver were made from 1600 onwards until the latter part of the century when glass goblets came into normal use. There was a resurgence in silver wine cup production between 1760 and 1820. The form of the wine cup is distinct from that of church chalices of the same period.
The cup is in very good condition with moderate signs of wear commensurate with age.
Maker: Benjamin Francis
Benjamin Francis, London silversmith, free by patrimony 1630. He is presumed to have trained in his father's busy workshop together with his father's apprentices. During Benjamin's short career he bound 3 apprentices. In 1642 Benjamin was killed during a Civil War clash between the Royalist army and the Parliamentary forces in which the London Trained Bands played a major part in the Parliamentary victory.
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