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Acorn Cup

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The body of the cup is in the form of an acorn, with high straight sides, a domed cover, and a rounded textured base. The cover has an interior bezel fitting and a baluster finial. The cup stands on a detachable stem with a flattened knop and a spreading base with a stepped molded foot. The...

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Inscription

Engraved around rim, Given to the Church of Westbury by Collonel Wancklen & Mary Contes of Malbrou 1671; engraved on cover, TW, MM

Marks

On cover near finial, maker's mark M a line across (Jackson, 1921, p. 105; rev. ed. 1989, p. 101); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; date letter H

Provenance

Until 1845, All Saints' Church, Westbury, Wiltshire. By 1896, estate of F. W. Rummens, Esq.; April 17, 1896, sold by estate of F. W. Rummens, at Christie's, Manson & Woods, London, lot 27, and bought in; 1898, sold by estate of F. W. Rummens, at Christie's, Manson & Woods, lot 78, and bought by by Corbett. By 1904, Sir John Charles Robinson, Dorset. By 1915, A. M. S. Smedley, Esq. By 1927, Frederick Bradbury, London; 1927, sold by Frederick Bradbury to Frank Brewer Bemis; 1935, bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis. (Accession date: November 7, 1935)

Credit Line

Bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis

The Westbury Cup

English, 1585–86

  • Marked by M
Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

H. 26.2 cm (10 5/16 in.); Diameter (of foot) 10.3 cm (4 1/16 in.); Weight 787.7 gm (25 oz 6 dwt)

Accession Number

35.1550

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver