William III Antique Silver Cup


Stock: 9990

Date: 1697

Country: England

A very unusual antique silver cup of tapering form on a small applied foot; the simple “S” scroll handle having...

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A very unusual antique silver cup of tapering form on a small applied foot; the simple “S” scroll handle having a beaded rat-tail decoration. The body has four panels of hand applied matting work. Originally this would have been either a small mug or toddy cup for alcoholic beverages or possibly a cup for drinking tea or chocolate.

Contains 155ml.
Weight 108 grams, 3.4 troy ounces.
Height 7.7cm. Diameter of top 7.2cm. Spread across the handle 9cm.
London 1697.
Maker unknown.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks. The leopard and lion marks are clear. The date letter is not fully stamped but is undoubtably from the 1680-1697 sequence from which we have allocated the date conservatively as “t” for 1697. The maker’s mark is not visible but is likely to be the faint mark stamped to the right of the date letter.

Literature. The term “mug” is traditionally used for a single-handed, lidless drinking vessel and these are nearly all of either pint or half pint capacity. They are rarely found as early as tankards, the first ones being circa 1680. Nowadays mugs are often referred to as “tankards”.


The cup is in very good condition. The is a slight mark on the inside where the top of the handle meets the body.

Maker Information

No maker assigned

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