A small Commonwealth period silver Porringer
A rare small two-handled Commonwealth Porringer, London 1656, maker’s mark ‘FC’ in a shaped shield with pellet above and below, the body resting on a twisted wire foot and with twisted wire scrolled handles. The body of the porringer is decorated with stylised flowers within arcaded panels. The underside of the base is engraved with initials ‘Y’ over ‘T’ ‘A’, and, later, with an incorrect date 1714 [the date letters for 1714 and 1656 being similar].
Although David Mitchell, in ‘Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London: Their Lives and their Marks‘, published by The Boydell Press, London 2017, does not illustrate this mark, he does discuss [pp.192,3] the plateworker Francis Coplestone, free 1635. A gothic lettered mark ‘FC’ is noted by Mitchell on a Bleeding basin of 1638 amd a different mark, ‘FC’ in upper case Roman letters in a shaped shield is noted struck on a child’s toy spoon of 1669. Mitchell also mentions Francis Colley, Francis Clifton, Fredinando Cory, and Francis Crompton as makers working or apprenticed during the mid-17th century Only Francis Coplestone, Francis Colley, and Francis Clifton appear to have been freemen in 1656 when this porringer was marked.
Good. Later [incorrect]scratched date underneath. An ancient, perhaps original, solder spill on the interior rim adjacent to one handle.
Height – 4.90 cm.; Width – 9.80 cm.; Depth – 6 cm.; Weight – 63.10 gms.