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CHARLES II. A very fine & unusual Wine Taster made in London circa 1660, makers mark of RH in a shield with a cinquefoil and two pellets below.


The Wine Taster is circular in form and the sides are divided into panels which are decorated with unusual stylised bunches of punch bead grapes. The bowl displays scroll work designs, surrounding a central grape motif. The sides are also engraved with the contemporary intials IO, with arrow head motifs either side. The Wine Taster is in excellent condition and has two S scroll wire work handles. The bowl is, in addition, stamped with the makers mark twice. Although the makers mark is only partly shown it has a distinctive design and is that as shown on page 124 of Jacksons, Silver & Gold Marks. The Taster has a very good colour and is in excellent condition. This piece is also desirable, as it was made so soon after the end of Oliver Cromwells Puritanical Rule and the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.

Height: 0.75 inches, 1.88cm.

Length, handle to handle: 3.35 inches, 3.38cm.