London, c1697-1700, Maker L? (possibly Y)




In the late 17th century manner,

the plain circular deep bowl bossed out footrim and sided by applied clipped S-scroll wire handles;

the marks placed at the rim and worn, the Britannia and lion?s head marks discernible;

maker's mark L? (possibly Y, for Henry Lyon of 1697, Grimwade #1969); date mark obliterated

(At this time, the maker's mark would consist of the first two letters of the last name)


Condition : Excellent for age; wear and patina appropriate to age and usage;

slight remains of early gilt to interior; slightly out of round;

one minor dent to bowl and bossed out footrim; one handle slightly pushed in at base


Note :

Very few wine tasters were made in England as wine was not a ?national product?. 

Most wine tasters were imported from France. 

However for a short period in the second half of the 17th century, a number of wine tasters were produced in England. 

After c1700, they were generally not made until the 19th century. 

The relationship between the wine taster and Scottish quaich of the period is interesting to note.


There is an interesting note in Great British Wine Accessories (Butler), p. 69, fig. 4/6,

regarding this type of small silver wine taster, possibly being used - not as a merchant's taster -

but one in which a servant would taste wine, demonstrating to the host and guests that is was not poisoned.

For this purpose, it was called "a cup of assay".

A similar twin handled cup is shown, c1670, by an unidentified English maker.


3" The Bowl, 4" Over Handles / 1.6






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 Rare William III Britannia Standard Silver Wine Taster; London c1697, Maker L? (Possibly Y)