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:  Leopard's head (London assay office mark);  Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);  Gothic L (date letter for 1608–9);  AB conjoined (unidentified maker's mark).
Location of marks: - 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)
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540