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The cup rests on a molded stepped base that rises to a spool-shaped stem with a flattened central knop. The body of the cup has a flat base and slightly flaring sides. The engraved coat of arms is enclosed within a wreath. On the opposite side the crest is engraved within a wreath. The cover...

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Inscription

Armorials: Engraved on the cup and the cover of the box, the arms of Stuart impaling Howard fo Ludovic Stuart, second Duke of Lennox and first Duke of Richmond (1574–1624), and his wife Frances, daughter of Viscount Howard of Bindon; engraved on the paten and the cup, the crest of Stuart Inscriptions: Pounced on the side of the cup; FLR below a ducal coronet

Marks

On rim of cup, maker's mark RB a mullet below in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 117, rev. ed. 1989, p. 111) (repeated on rim of paten and on interior base of box)

Provenance

By 1924 the cup belonged to St. Mary's Convent, Wantage, Berkshire (ill. E. A. Jones, "The Old Plate at the Church Congress," Country Life 56 [1924], p. 779); it was sold by John Kennedy, Esq., at Sotheby & Co., London, May 9, 1957, lot 142, bought by H. R. Jessop, Ltd., London, sold to John Bell, Aberdeen, bought by H. R. Jessop, Ltd., London, 1982; the cup and wafer box were reunited by Mrs. G. E. P. How (How [of Edinburgh], London) and purchased by the Museum May 9, 1984, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, Gift of Mrs. Robert Hamlin by exchange, and Gift of Mrs. Stuart C. Welch.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, Gift of Mrs. Robert Hamlin, by exchange, and Gift of Mrs. Stuart C. Welch

English (London), 1622–39

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

H. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.); Diameter (of rim) 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.); Weight 713 gm (22 oz 18 dwt)

Accession Number

1984.165

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver