9002
Antique William III Silver Porringer and Cover

Date: 1698

Maker: Isaac Dighton

Country: England

Stock Number: 9002

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A rare early English sterling silver porringer with matching lid. The half flute decoration, popular from the reign of William and Mary, is accompanied by fish scale ornament and borders of hand engraving. Good size and weight. The quality and colour is excellent. To the front and back is a large decorative cartouche (uninscribed). Weight 929 grams, 29.8 troy ounces. Height 23 cms (15 cms without lid), Spread across handles 25 cms. Diameter 15 cms. London 1698. Maker Isaac Dighton.

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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