A charming early English sterling silver cup of simple plain design. There is a hand engraved motto to the front “sic itur ad astra” - "thus you shall go to the stars". Underneath there is an engraved monogram in old fashioned cursive script. The round and weighted base allows the cup to stay upright when knocked from side to side. Good gauge silver. Contains 145 ml, 1/4 pint. Weight 74 grams, 2.3 troy ounces. Height 5.5 cms. Diameter 7 cms. London 1727. Maker John Edwards.
This lovely little silver cup is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent colour. The silver marks are easy to read however they are not well struck and the lion is a bit rubbed. The makers mark is clear. The inscription and engraved initials are crisp and look to be contemporary.
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.
Tumbler cups were made from the mid 17th century. They are made from thick gauge sheet silver which was hammered up so that the sides become thinner towards the top and the rounded base would have the greater weight. When they are knocked over they will automatically right themselves.