Antique Charles II Silver Porringer and Lid

GBP 6,850.00

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Object Description

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”).

Object Literature

*It is unusual to have a maker’s name for a piece of silver of this early date as there are no precise records of silver makers’ marks prior to 1697. All records were destroyed in the fire at Goldsmiths Hall in 1681 when the Assay Office and apartments of the Assayer and Clerk in the south west wing of the building were burned down. From 1697 onwards Goldsmiths Hall has preserved a complete record of workmen’s marks, addresses, together with their names and the dates. Sometimes the details of makers can be discovered from old records such as the inventories of noble houses and other institutions.
The first surviving record at Goldsmiths Hall is the 1682 copper plate made to start the recording process again. This has recently prompted a study by Dr David Mitchell, supported by Goldsmiths Hall, resulting in the publication of his 2017 “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”. This reference work identifies previously unknown makers marks and assigns marks struck on existing plate to individuals (attributions for 540 separate marks).

Object Condition

This silver cup is in very good condition with signs of use. Excellent colour. Both engravings are still sharp. Both bowl and lid have a full and matching set of English silver hallmarks.

Minor dents. Marks inside where the handles have pushed in a bit. There is a dent towards the bottom of the engraved armorial and inside there is a small split (see photo). A solder repair around the bottom rim. The two cover supports are unusual but are likely to be original.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

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Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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