A rare English silver wine cup of very plain form on a cast baluster stem and spreading foot. This goblet has a superb patina and is perfectly styled for use in modern day times with its unusual tapering bowl. The original slightly hand beaten finish is visible on the inside. This is a very special piece of antique silver.
Contains 300 ml.
Weight 207 grams, 6.6 troy ounces.
Height 15.8cm. Diameter 10.7cm (top), 8.1cm (foot).
Maker probably Henry Starkey.
Marks. Fully marked in a straight line just below the rim and has the lion passant on the underside of the foot. The maker’s mark, in the form of a hand, is probably for Henry Starkey (see David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan & Stuart London”).
Maker: Henry Starkey
Henry Starkey, London silversmith, apprenticed to Daniel Gee 1612. According to David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London” there is no record of his freedom however he possibly became free in 1621 and certainly before 1627 when he bound his first apprentice. Starkey worked as a subcontractor for a number of retailers including many commissions for the goldsmith-banker Alderman Edward Backwell. During his long and active 50 years in the trade, including during the Civil Wars, Starkey bound eleven apprentices with nine becoming free. Of these, Henry Greenaway and Francis Leake became celebrated silversmiths and his son Thomas Starkey continued to work for Alderman Backwell. Many cups and flagons with Starkey’s distinctive “hand mark” are recorded during the period 1624-40 and candlesticks, tankards and flagons 1663-1665.
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