London, 1671

Maker's Mark : M N a crescent below, within a heart





The small porringer of compressed bellied form on a bossed out footrim and sided by S-shaped clipped wire handles,

the sides chased with panels of stylized flora (likely jonquils and tulips) between plain panels on a matted ground,

all beneath a row of punch-beading and plain rim;

the base reverse chased with a leafy stem ending in a cluster of grapes within a punch-beaded border;

fully marked verso with maker?s mark M N, a crescent below, within a heart shaped punch


Provenance: Christie's, NY - Oct. 15, 1985, retaining printed catalog listing


These small baluster-form cups were popular from c1640 to 1700, are technically called "caudle "cups".  

Recently, the term "porringer", a straight-sided cup, has become the prevalent term for both  forms. 

The miniature, or "toy", version (2" -3" in height), popular in the mid-17th century,

had no lid, and usually simple chased or pounced decoration, with clipped silver wire handles. 

They were used for a warm drink composed of ale, sugar, eggs, bread and spices ?

much advocated for curing minor ills and recommended for pregnant women.

They were often given as gifts to the mother of a newborn child.


Today these small cups are also often used as wine tasters,

as the chasing offers wells and bubbles for discerning color and clarity.


Condition : very good patination and overall condition; crisp marks and chasing;

both handles with usual either casual handle attachment or reattachment;
four small splits to the rim, .25" the longest, with silver repairs


2" High x 4.5" Wide / 2.2 oz.






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Charles II Miniature (Toy) Silver Porringer, 1671


Charles II Miniature (Toy) Porringer, 1671




Charles II Miniature (Toy) Silver Porringer, 1671,back side with rim repaired splits


Small splits to rim measure no more than .25" and are stabilized with silver solder from the interior.


Also See :


Early British Tots & Tumbers


Early British Tots & Tumblers, William & Mary to George III





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Charles II Silver Miniature Porringer, London, 1671, M N a crescent below within a heart