An antique sterling silver 2 handled porringer from the reign of George III with pretty decoration and a flat base. Embossed decoration with flowers and leaves to the body and a ribbed border and body. To the front there is a large vacant cartouche. The inside has traces of the original gilt interior. Height 10 cms. Diameter of top 11 cms. Weight 197 grams, 6.3 troy ounces. London 1766. Maker Benjamin Bickerton.
This antique silver cup is in good usable condition with no damage or restoration. Good colour. Clear English silver marks underneath. The decoration is still crisp and has good definition. Minor dinks around the base. The inside has traces of the original gilt interior.
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.
Porringers are two handled bowls and some have a cover. They can also be known as caudle cups although the origin of the porringer was for porridge and the caudle cup was for a type of broth. From the eighteenth century onwards, porringers and cups and covers were used mainly as centrepieces or ornaments. In recent times they have seen a resurgence in popularity for drinking and on the dining table. They make a very attractive baby gift.