Antique Silver Porringer by John Murch of Plymouth c 1698
Antique Silver Porringer by John Murch of Plymouth c 1698
Antique Silver Porringer by John Murch of Plymouth c 1698
Antique Silver Porringer by John Murch of Plymouth c 1698
Antique Silver Porringer by John Murch of Plymouth c 1698
Antique Silver Porringer by John Murch of Plymouth c 1698
Antique Silver Porringer by John Murch of Plymouth c 1698

JOHN MURCH (worked from c.1684)

Antique Silver Porringer by John Murch of Plymouth c 1698

c. 1698 Plymouth

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This is a Rare William III Britannia standard Antique Silver Porringer is made by John Murch of Plymouth c 1698 /9 . The Porringer is of circular in form and is decorated, on the lower half of the main body, with alternate swirling flutes and lobes below a punched band of stylized foliate motifs. The upper section displays a protruding lobed band, below an engraved band of crescents and stylized flower heads. The Porringer has rope twisted handles and is engraved on the side with the initials S: P over S:P over 1698 Height 3.75 inches, 9.52 cm Width 4 inches 10.16 cm
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John Murch was the son of William Murch of Exon, Devon. His father William was a Linen Draper. John served a seven year apprenticeship from 1684 with William Cory, a goldsmith of London and Warminster. By 1694 he was in Plymouth. John Murch established himself as a silversmith in 18th century Plymouth. Plymouth was the ideal city to set up in business as it was a wealthy, bustling and vibrant city with many silversmiths and artisans. Exeter also had many skilled silversmiths and as a result an assay office was established in Exeter in 1700. John Murch became a well-known silversmith and like many others he worked in other jobs to supplement his income. He is listed as a surveyor of Highways for St. Andrews parish in 1709. He designed and produced a variety of items, some of which are shown here and have become very collectable. Many items are now held in museums.
Porringers are two handled bowls and some have a cover. The origin of the porringer was for porridge, potage (soup) a type of broth which can be partially drunk or partially eaten with a spoon .From the eighteenth century onward, porringers and cups and covers were used mainly as centerpieces or ornaments. They make a very attractive baby gift.
Stock Code
W222x41
Medium
Porringer
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