A rare early English chalice dating to the reign of Elizabeth I. A very early date and in very good condition. This cup follows the standard design for Elizabethan communion cups and is most likely to have been made from pre-reformation silver. With straight tapering sides, slightly flared at the top, and would originally have had a cover (paten). Hand beaten finish as you’d expect at this date. The single hatched band of decoration is well executed and the definition is very good. There is applied wire ornament to the stem, the foot has a second band of hatched engraving.
Contains 180 ml.
Weight of chalice 190 grams, 6.1 troy ounces.
Height 15.3cm, diameter of top 7.7cm.
Extremely good silver marks for London 1571.
Maker probably James Feake.
Mark. Stamped below the rim with a full set of English silver hallmarks. Maker’s mark “IF”, listed as probably James Feake, a known maker of communion cups, in David Mitchell’s Elizabethan and Stuart Silversmiths of London. There are no precise records of silver makers marks prior to 1681 as all records were destroyed in the fire at Goldsmiths Hall in that year..
James Feake, London silversmith, free 1556. During his time he bound five apprentices and had a further two turned over him from other masters. Died c.1595.
James Feake II, Feake’s son, was apprenticed to William Feake 1582, free by service 1591. Upper warden 1621.