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William III Silver Bleeding Bowl

Date: 1696

Maker: Thomas Jenkins

Country: England

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An early English silver side handled porringer or bleeding bowl of plain circular form. Very charming with the original hand beaten finish. The shaped and pierced handle has initials hand engraved to the centre.

Weight 228 grams, 7.3 troy ounces.

Diameter 12.2 cm. Height 4.5 cm. Spread 19.1 cm. 

London 1696.

Maker “TI two escallops between”* attributed to Thomas Jenkins (see Jackson’s “Silver & Gold Marks” and David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”).

Sterling silver.

Literature: Many people think that these shallow bowls were more likely to be eating vessels, especially for feeding the sick.

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*It’s 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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