8394
Charles II Silver Porringer

Date: 1673

Country: England

Stock Number: 8394

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A rare early English silver porringer of small size having 2 side handles and belly shape. Lovely original hand beaten finish.

Weight 69 grams, 2.2 troy ounces.

Height 5.5 cm. Diameter 6 cm.

London 1673.

Maker IC* listed in Jacksons.

Signed/Inscribed: *It is unusual to have a maker’s name for a piece of silver of this early date as there are no precise records of silver makers’ marks prior to 1697. All records were destr in the fire at Goldsmiths Hall in 1681 when the Assay Office and apartments of the Assayer and Clerk in the sooyeduth west wing of the building were burned down. From 1697 onwards Goldsmiths Hall has preserved a complete record of workmen’s marks, addresses, together with their names and the dates. Sometimes the details of makers can be discovered from old records such as the inventories of noble houses and other institutions.  

The first surviving record at Goldsmiths Hall is the 1682 copper plate made to start the recording process again. This has recently prompted a study by Dr David Mitchell, supported by Goldsmiths Hall, resulting in the publication of his 2017 “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”. This reference work identifies previously unknown makers marks and assigns marks struck on existing plate to individuals (attributions for 540 separate marks).

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