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CHARLES II. A very rare 'Spiders Web' Wine Taster made most probably in London circa 1670.


The Taster is circular in form, with raised sides decorated with very unusual stylised foliate motifs and punch bead bands. The centre of the bowl is decorated with an extremely unusual stylised spiders web surrounded by beaded bands. The Wine Taster has two S scroll wirework handles and is engraved on the base with a set of contemporary initials. The side also displays the letter V in a pointed punch which may be an unrecorded makers mark. The Taster has a very good colour and is in excellent condition.

Very few wine tasters were made by English silversmiths because wine was not a national product and the majority are French. There were, however, a small number produced in England from 1645 and this represents a very rare early example. This is the first time we have seen one of the Spiders web design.

Height: 1 inch, 2.5cm.

Length, handle to handle: 4.4 inches, 11cm