A Good George II Provincial Tumbler Cup

Richard Richardson II, Chester
2 1/8" high, 2 1/2" Diameter
2 oz

Of traditional form with plain slightly tapering sides and rounded base, the interior with light-coloured gilding.


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Tumbler Cups first appeared in the reign of Charles II and have proved to be popular ever since not only with collectors but as useful drinking objects. The Richardson family of Chester were the most prolific silversmiths from that city and it is fair to say they produced a reasonable number of such cups. The earlier George II date of this example makes it more desirable than the more numerous George III tumblers. A cup by Richard Richardson II, also with a gilt interior, dated 1752, is illustrated in Peter Boughton, Catalogue ofr Silver in the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, p.54, no.25