Antique Silver Porringer

Date: 1773

Country: England

Stock Number: 8388

An antique sterling silver 2 handled porringer from the reign of George III with pretty decoration and an applied foot. Embossed decoration with flowers and leaves to the body and a ribbed border. To the front there is a large vacant cartouche. Height 10.5 cms. Diameter of top 10 cms. Weight 162 grams, 5.2 troy ounces. London 1773. Maker I.D.

Literature: Porringers are two handled bowls and some have a cover. They can also be known as caudle cups although the origin of the porringer was for porridge and the caudle cup was for a type of broth. From the eighteenth century onwards, porringers and cups and covers were used mainly as centrepieces or ornaments. In recent times they have seen a resurgence in popularity for drinking and on the dining table. They make a very attractive baby gift.

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