A late 17th century English silver Tea Bowl.
A small silver Tea Bowl, or tot cup, maker’s mark only struck three times ‘PH’ in a wavy edged rectangular punch. The lower half of the flared cup with spiralled flutes, concave and convex, and the base with a narrow applied foot rim. Engraved underneath with contemporary initials ‘AD’.
This maker, who appears on the Goldsmiths’ Company first surviving mark plate [column 3.01] was first attributed as Philip Hull (free of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1679) by Gerald Taylor and the attribution was accepted by Schroder in his catalogue of the Ashmolean Museum Collection. David Mitchell has recently confirmed that Hull was ‘likely’ to have been the user of this punch. [page 434].
Mitchell records the mark on a circular wafer box, fully marked 1681/2 (the property of Mrs. Howes, recorded in Jackson, 1921), a set of silver-gilt beakers of 1688/9 in the Metropolitan Museum (Hackenbroch 2007, no. 74 and illustrated by Mitchell), five trefid teaspoons of circa 1690 (referred to by Brand Inglis, 2, p.4); and a finely engraved tobacco box of 1693/4 (in the Ashmolean Museum, Schroder 2009, no. 196). Schroder, in his catalogue of the Ashmolean collection, refers to the mark as recorded on more than twenty small pieces, including tobacco boxes, patch boxes, beakers and tea bowls.
Good with fine colour and surface. A minor bruise to the foot rim.
Height – 3.80 cm.; Diameter – 5.50 cm.; Weight – 31.20 gms.