England, c1670

Maker's Mark Only (Indistinct - "H"?),possibly West Country





The shallow circular bowl with punched stylized flowers and sided by twin wire-work s-scroll

handles, the interior centering a six petaled flower within a beaded roundel, the rim with

contemporary scratched initials "H" over "IM", marked verso with rubbed maker's mark - possibly H


Although there are several records of wine tasters in English 14th and 15th century manuscripts,

the earliest British silver wine tasters are from the 17th century, with very few being made after

1750.  Most from the 18th and 19th centuries come from France.


There were two forms: the above form with a shallow bowl and 2 wire loop

handles, and a later heavier form with sloping sides and domed center to

enable vinters to carry them in their pockets without damage


Interestingly, wine tasters are an outgrowth of small tasters made during the medieval

period to taste contents of bowls, to convince guests that the food was not poisoned.


Condition: Excellent; maker's mark worn


3.5" Diameter


2.1 oz.






Mark - appearing probably an H










Also See :



Queen Anne Britannia Silver Tumbler

London, 1711, Maker's Mark Rubbed or Poorly Struck



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Charles II Provincial Silver Wine Taster, England, c1670, Marker's Mark Only (Indistinct "H"?), Possibly West Country, punched stylized flowers