Queen Anne Silver Porringer, 1711 by John East

Queen Anne silver porringer London 1710 John East Britannia
Queen Anne silver porringer London 1710 John East Britannia DSCN9619 DSCN9620 DSCN9621 DSCN9623 v2 DSCN9624 v2


Porringer - 2-handled Cup - London 1711, by John East (probably) - 16cm wide; 8.5cm high; 184g - NK/2370

This is a fine example of a typical silver porringer dating from the Queen Anne period.

This good-sized bowl has two scroll handles and is superbly decorated with a rope-work girdle and part-fluted lower half. There is a round cartouche to the front, framed by scroll mantling. The porringer bears a good set of Britannia Standard hallmarks and although the maker's mark is part worn, it is mostly like to be for John East (mark "EA"), a well known maker of cups.

The cartouche to the front bears a charming, original dot-prick engraved inscription "Will Cooper Borne Sept 2nd 1707". It is unusual to have a full name and birthday on a porringer and only adds to the attraction of this lovely piece. Porringers (also known as caudle cups) were used for feeding small children and often given as christening gifts.

For a 300-year old piece of silver, this porringer is in fabulous condition with neither damage nor repair and a good, antique patina.