An extremely early date. A rare antique silver porringer (or bleeding bowl) of plain circular form. The straight sided shape with a simple rim is the earliest type and in keeping with the early date. Small proportions and very charming with the original hand beaten finish. A useful serving bowl, handy for nuts and sweets. Prick marked on the edge of the rim with the initials “MC”.
Weight 108 grams, 3.4 troy ounces.
Diameter 10.3cm. Height 3.5 cm. Spread 14cm.
Maker “RP” possibly Robert Profit (David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”).
Marks. Stamped under the rim with a full set of English silver hallmarks. The date letter “h” is only partially stamped.
Robert Profit, London silversmith, apprenticed to Henry Watson 1586, turned over to Leonard Stanley, free by service 1595. During his working career Robert bound 3 apprentices, three of whom became free by service.
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