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A very rare Commonwealth two handled Cup, most probably a wine taster, made in London in 1655, makers mark of et, with a crescent below.


This piece is modelled on the design of the larger porringers and stands on an unusual circular applied wirework foot. It has a baluster shaped body and slightly everted rim. The main body is beautifully decorated with tulips interspersed with vertical scratch engraved bands. The upper section is decorated with a plain punched band and this piece has very unusual twisted wirework S scroll handles. This piece is fully marked on the base and unusually with the makers mark again on the side of the main body. This highly decorative piece is most unusual coming from the Puritanical period, as the cataclysm of the Commonwealth saw the destruction of the vast majority of the nations silver. The makers mark of ET, with a crescent below, is illustrated on page 122 of Jacksons Silver & Gold Marks. It would appear that he specialised in Wine Tasters, as these pieces are cited twice against his marks. Due to its small size, this piece was most probably used a s a Wine Taster.

Height: 1.5 inches, 3.75cm.

Length across the handles: 3.5 inches, 8.75cm