Antique William III Silver Porringer

Date: 1689

Maker: John Spackman I

Country: England

Stock Number: 8876

A rare early English sterling silver porringer with decorative shaped handles. Good size. The quality and colour is excellent. The plain body has an embossed band of acanthus leaf and fish scale decoration. To the front is a hand engraved coat of arms within a decorative plumage cartouche. Weight 521 grams, 16.75 troy ounces. Height 10.7 cms. Spread across handles 21 cms. Diameter 14 cms. London 1689. Maker John Spackman.

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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