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Charles II Silver Wine Cup

Date: 1666

Country: England

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An impressive early English silver goblet dating to the reign of Charles II, nearly 350 years old and in very good condition. Plain tapering form on a shaped spreading foot. Large size. Good colour. Fully marked in a straight line just below the rim.

Contains 650 ml.

Weight 400 grams, 12.8 troy ounces.

Height 22.5 cms. Diameter of top 11.1 cms.

London 1666.

Makers mark “TH” with an anchor, possibly Thomas Hughes, worked 1663-1678 (attribution by Dr David Mitchell in "Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London").

Sterling silver.

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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