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William & Mary Antique Silver Miniature Porringer

Date: Circa 1690

Country: England

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A delightful little collector’s piece. A charming little antique silver cup with two side handles and the tulip decoration typical of the William & Mary period. The body has a border of hand chased fish scale and impressed tulip ornament, the base also has the tulip design within a prick dot circle. This is an exact copy of a full size original.

Weight 30 grams, 1 troy ounce.

Height 3.3cm, 3.6cm to top of handles. Spread 6.3cm. Diameter 4cm.

Unmarked. No makers mark.

English. Circa 1690.

Literature: Silver toys originated in Europe during the 17th century and were made initially for the children of kings and queens. At that time England was still suffering under Puritanism and it wasn’t until the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 that silver toys were made available in this country. The earliest English silver toys date from 1665 and were made in London; it was uncommon for toys to be made in the provinces. The Dutch were the leading manufacturers of silver toys, their most prolific period being 1725-1750, and by then wealthy royalty, landowners and business men were buying toys for their own pleasure as well as that of their children’s.

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