A rare early English miniature wine taster from the reign of Charles II. Very charming size. This little cup has a circular form with simple wirework handles and embossed grape decoration.
Weight 21 grams, less than 1 troy ounce.
Height 2 cm approx. Diameter of top 6.1cm. Spread across handles 8.9cm.
Made by George Watkins.
Marks. Stamped inside the bowl with a full set of English silver hallmarks. The date letter is only partially stamped but almost certainly for 1673. The maker’s mark “GW over a crescent and pellets” was attributed to George Watkins by William Kent and is listed in Jackson’s “Gold & Silver Marks” and David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”.
Maker: George Watkins
George Watkins, of Shropshire, apprenticed to John Jones for 9 years in 1645, free 1655. George only served 6 and half years with John Jones and the rest of his term in the Regiment of Colonel Barkestead, Lieutenant of the Tower (Goldsmith). George had 3 brothers William, Robert and Richard who were apprenticed to John and Richard Clay of the Goldsmiths Company in 1632,34 and 48. George bound 6 apprentices and had one turned over to him during his long and chequered career. He died in circa 1690.
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