A Fine and Rare Charles II Wine Cup

Robert Pocock
5.8" (15cm) high
6 oz

Upon a plain trumpet foot rising to a corded wire, the plain tapering cylindrical bowl with pricked date "1671" on the opposite side to the hallmarks.


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This cup shows the gradual evolution from the smaller Commonweath examples with the characteristic trumpet shaped bases to larger and more developed drinking vessels of the second half of the 17th century. There are references to this type of wine cup being known as a "footed beaker" and it is easy to see why. However, very few Charles II examples seem to have survived. The only similar cup we have been able to find was one sold at Sotheby's on 24th April 1986, lot 215 but this was significantly smaller. The maker's mark R.P has been attributed to being probably that of Robert Pocock by David Mitchell, see Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London, pages 468-9.

The colour, patination and marks are all excellent; these are such important considerations to bear in mind when purchasing 17th century silver. There is no evidence of any repairs and reassuring to see original hammer marks around the body and foot, the latter is marked with a lion passant which is to be expected at this date.

This is a museum quality piece and a rare survivor after 350 years.