A rare piece of early English silver. A large plain style antique sterling silver porringer with side handles. The matching lid has a capstan shaped finial so that the lid can be turned upside down and used on its own as a saucer. This is the form of the early Restoration porringer, with a bellied shape and the lid sitting over the upper rim. There is a small silver support either side next to the handle for the lid to sit on. To the front there is a large hand engraved armorial and griffin crest within a cartouche of plumage feathers. The lid finial is similarly decorated. Weight 375 grams, 12 troy ounces. Height 14 cms (total), 10 cms (cup), 4.5 cms (lid). Diameter 10 cms. Spread across the handles 17 cms. London 1675. Makers mark “SR” in a shield (there are 2 similar marks in Jacksons, see page 124 and 129, bottom of the page), probably Simon Romney (attribution by Dr David Mitchell “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”).