A rare early English silver chalice dating to the reign of Elizabeth I. This cup follows the standard design for Elizabethan communion cups and is most likely to have been made from pre-reformation silver. Of very plain form, the straight tapering sided bowl has a circular band below the rim, and simple reeded wire ornamentation has been applied to the stem and foot. This historic cup would originally have had a cover (paten).
Weight 139 grams, 4.4 troy ounces.
Height 14cm. Diameter – top 8.1cm, foot 6.8cm.
Maker William Dyxson.
Marks. Stamped below the rim with a full set of English silver hallmarks. The “fleur de lys” maker’s mark for William Dyxson was entered in 1561 (see photo of Jacksons page 98). It’s rare for a maker’s mark of this period to have a name associated with it. Normally all that remains on the record is the initials. The leopards head mark is unclear.
The date letter “k with pellet below” is the 2nd date letter for the year cycle 1567-8, an interesting rarity. This was caused by the replacement of the assay master in January 1568 due to a conflict of interest (he continued to run his own goldsmiths business which was not allowed). So the precise year for this cup is 1568.
Maker: William Dyxson
The “fleur de lys” makers mark for William Dyxson was entered in 1561 (Jacksons “Gold & Silver Marks” page 98).
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