A rare early English sterling silver porringer with matching lid. The half flute decoration, popular from the reign of William and Mary, is accompanied by fish scale ornament and borders of hand engraving. Good size and weight. The quality and colour is excellent. To the front and back is a large decorative cartouche (uninscribed). Weight 929 grams, 29.8 troy ounces. Height 23 cms (15 cms without lid), Spread across handles 25 cms. Diameter 15 cms. London 1698. Maker Isaac Dighton.
Biography – Isaac Dighton, London silversmith, apprenticed to William Browne, Citizen and Haberdasher of London, free 1672. Mark entered as largeworker undated. Died 1707.