A rare early English sterling silver chalice dating to the reign of Charles I. Nearly 400 years old and in very good condition. Gilt silver. Plain form with a tapering bowl and hexafoil foot. The stem and foot have hand engraved decoration, the foot with a crucifixion scene. Excellent colour and workmanship. Contains 150 ml. Weight 303 grams, 9.7 troy ounces. Height 17 cms. Diameter – top 7.5 cms, foot 11.5 cms. Good silver marks for London 1635. Maker’s mark probably “RB over an escallop” – see Jacksons (Pickford edition) page 117, (*it’s very rare for marks of this period to have a name associated with it).
This lovely antique wine cup is in good condition. Excellent patina, the engraving still has good definition, some wear to the gilding compatible with its age (the magnificent original colour can be seen on the underside). Fully silver hallmarked to the body (the maker’s mark is badly stamped) and lion mark to the underside of the base. The chalice has been tested for water retention and does not leak. There is a fault inside the base of the bowl, possibly a repair, which probably happened at the time of manufacture as it is below the gilding which appears to be original (see photos).
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.