Antique Silver Miniature Mug

GBP 3,750.00

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Object Description

A delightful little collector’s piece. This rare miniature (or toy) mug is an exact copy of a full size original. Of globular form it has a reeded and incised neck, and double scroll handle. This style was only made for a short period at the end of the 17th century and is the earliest type of mug you are likely to come across. The body is engraved with an exotic bird and leafy branches. Weight 14 grams, less than 1/2 troy ounce. Height 3.5cm. Spread 4.9cm. London 1693. Maker George Manjoy, a specialist toy maker (see Jackson’s Silver & Gold Marks of England, Scotland & Ireland p.141).

There is a similar example in The Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

GEORGE MANJOY
George Manjoy (also Marjoy or Margoy), London silversmith. Working c.1685-c.1720. Specialist miniature toy maker.

Object Literature

Silver toys originated in Europe during the 17th century and were made initially for the children of kings and queens. At that time England was still suffering under Puritanism and it wasn’t until the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 that silver toys were made available in this country. The earliest English silver toys date from 1665 and were made in London; it was uncommon for toys to be made in the provinces. The Dutch were the leading manufacturers of silver toys, their most prolific period being 1725-1750, and by then wealthy royalty, landowners and business men were buying toys for their own pleasure as well as that of their children’s.

Object Condition

This little silver miniature is in good condition. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks. There are 2 tiny splits on the top rim with curious stamps on the reverse.

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