Charles II Silver Cup

Date: 1680

Maker: St John Hoyte

Country: England

Stock Number: 9274


A charming early English silver mug of plain form. The body is raised from sheet and has a simple strap handle and an incised, reeded neck. This is the earliest type of mug. Hand engraved to the front is a double crest. Contains 550 ml. Weight 271 grams, 8.7 troy ounces.. Height 11.1 cm. Diameter 6.5 cm. Sterling silver. London 1680. Makers mark 'SH' conjoined (see Jacksons Page 137*), possibly St John Hoyte (see David Mitchell's Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London page 488/9).

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 destroyed in the fire at Goldsmiths Hall in 1681 when the Assay Office and apartments of the Assayer and Clerk in the south 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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