Mayflower Antiques have a new Catalogue named ‘The Art of Drink’. The catalogue showcases a rare and interesting selection of early silver drink related vessels of various origins, styles and types. [Click to view pdf copy] Hard copies of the Catalogue are available on request. Just email your name and address to: email@example.com and they will be pleased to send a copy to you.
A selection of spectacular pieces will be included in the catalogue such as:
An extremely rare Gujarat mother of pearl Goblet with English silver mounts, circa 1680.
The goblet has engraved initials to the silver mount underneath; the piece is 8.6cm tall. The British Museum has a very similar piece dated to the early 17th century.
A silver gilt ‘Roemer’, marked for Nuremberg c.1690
The maker’s mark is a running dog for Meister Mit Leufenden Hund (1681 – 1701 ) – see Nuremberg Goldsmiths by Dr. Tebbe, p.1061. The piece is 13cms tall, is 8.25 cm in diameter at the top, and weighs 4ozs approx. A very similar piece is illustrated in ‘Deutsches Silber 1550 – 1850, Formen und Typen’ by Claus Overzier, plate 9 on page 25.
A form of drinking vessel with handles and lobed edges to the top of the bowl, which would have been passed around the table; the central spike is for a bezoar nut ( these were believed to possess magical powers to prevent poisoning); marked on the side of the bowl for Zaragosa, C.1650.