William and Mary Antique Silver Beaker


Stock: 10293

Date: Circa 1690

Maker: William Gamble

Country: England

An early English silver cup with plain tapering sides and rounded base. Contains 350ml. Weight 147 grams, 4.7 troy oz....

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An early English silver cup with plain tapering sides and rounded base.

Contains 350ml.
Weight 147 grams, 4.7 troy oz.
Height 9.2cm. Diameter 8.5 (top), 6cm (base).
Maker William Gamble.
Circa 1690.
Sterling silver.
17th century.

With its simple, practical style this cup is ready to use and enjoy.

Marks. Stamped underneath 4 times with the maker’s mark “WG”, probably for William Gamble – see Jackson’s “Gold & Silver Marks of Great Britain” and David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”. This mark was registered in 1682 and superseded by Gamble’s Britannia mark in 1697. The base is also engraved with owner’s initials “E*E”.

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. Sometimes double beakers are found which fit together in the shape of a barrel. The “Camp Canteen”, dating from the late 17th century onwards, is a travelling set consisting of a beaker fitted inside with cutlery, condiments and possibly a corkscrew.


The beaker is in very good condition with minor wear consistent with age. Excellent colour. It has been tested for water retention and does not leak.

Maker Information

Maker: William Gamble

William Gamble, London silversmith, apprenticed to John Sutton, 1680, free 1688. Gamble entered 2 marks on 1688 and registered a third mark, Britannia Standard, in 1697. Livery 1705, Court 1724, Touchwarden 1730. William took 2 apprentices, Samuel Jeffries and Humphrey Cripps. Died after 1732.

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