A rare early English sterling silver porringer with matching lid and having the half flute decoration popular from the reign of William and Mary. The quality and colour is excellent. Hand hammered finish. A nice feature is the band of fish scale chasing and flower with lobe decoration on the body, repeated on the lid. Weight 699 grams, 22.4 troy ounces. Height 16.5 cms (11 cms without lid), Spread across handles 21 cms. Diameter 13.5 cms. London 1695. Maker IC (Jacksons page 137)*.
This rare antique silver porringer is in very good condition with no damage or apparent restoration. Good patina. The lid and body are fully matching. The cup is stamped on the edge of the rim with a full set of clear English hallmarks; the lid is stamped underneath the lid with the makers mark 3 times. There is a minor fault on the rim (see photo of hallmarks) and a light bruise inside the bowl where the handle meets the body.
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.