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A Commonwealth/Charles II Irish silver two-handled porringer
Hammer Price £25,000
A Commonwealth/Charles II Irish silver two-handled porringer, known as the 'IS' Porringer,
maker's mark unidentified, Dublin c.1659/63*,
of plain form with scroll handles, engraved 'IS' within a wreath,
16cm long from handle to handle, 6.75cm high, 9oz 3dwts
*See 'Four selected assay records of the Dublin Goldsmith's Company' by Thomas Sinsteden, The Silver Society Journal, Autumn 1999, pp143/156, with regard to the date letter 'b' for 1659/60:
'In the 'quarterages ledger' of 1659 one finds a notation
'Order that the letter b a small roman capital letter be struck by the assay master upon all the silver plate which shall be brought to his office and approved of by him after the day of the date here until the first of November next'.
This is the only record telling us the date of change over."
*In addition, see 'A reappraisal of date letters used 1638-1759' by Ida Delamer and Conor O'Brien, The Silver Society Journal, Autumn 1999, pp158/167, the date letter 'b' for Dublin 1659/60 being interpreted as possibly for 1659/63 as no evidence of use of the date letters c, d and e for the following years has been found.
The porringer is recorded in 'Irish Stuart Silver' by Tony Sweeney, Dublin 1995, p43, no.205 under 1659/60 Commonwealth Domestic Plate as "The 'I.S' Porringer". Dublin Maker - Joseph Stoaker or John Slicer.
Provenance: Sold for £3000 by How of Edinburgh at the 1967 Grosvenor House Antique Dealers' Fair. [The Dr Kurt Ticher Archive].'
Sworders would like to thank the following for their assistance:
Dave Merry, the Trading Standards Officer of Goldsmiths' Hall for help with photographing the hallmarks, Emer Ni Cheallaigh and Dr. Audrey Whitty from the National Museum of Ireland, Charlie Truman and Dr. Thomas Sinsteden.
Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000
Surface scratches, dents, pitting, engraved initials not contemporary to 1659/63. There is a spill line in between initials. See images for details including inside bowl where initials are on the front which has been heavily worked on, possible repair?
Please note that the paragraph on the Provenance above is part of the quotation from 'Irish Stuart Silver' by Tony Sweeney, Dublin, 1995, p.43, no.205.