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Steeple cup

A. B., London (ca. 1608–1609)
British, London
Silver gilt
H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.227a, b
Not on view
The arms are those of the Tongrey family. The obelisk on the finial was a motif much favored in England in the early seventeenth century.
Marking: [1] Leopard's head (London assay office mark);
[2] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] Gothic L (date letter for 1608–9);
[4] AB conjoined (unidentified maker's mark).

Location of marks:
[1]-[4] on cup near lip and on cover near shoulder of dome, greatly defaced
Rex Beaumont (until 1964; Important Early English and Irish Silver sale, Christie's, London, December 2, 1964, no. 29; to S.J. Phillips); [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. (in 1964; sold to Irwin Untermyer, May 4, 1964) ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1964–68; to MMA)
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