Overall (confirmed): 9 9/16 x 13 1/2 x 8 7/8 in. (24.3 x 34.3 x 22.5 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Not on view
This cup originally was made for use in a private home—perhaps as a "loving cup"—to be passed among guests or displayed on a sideboard. In 1765, when it would have seemed distinctly old fashioned, it was bequeathed to the Church of Charing, where it was used as a communion cup. The donor, Elizabeth Ludwell, had her coat of arms engraved on the side and an inscription added to the cover.
Inscription: Engraved on cover: The Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Ludwell to the Parish Church of Charing for the use of the Communion Table 1765
Engraved on underside of foot rim: 63=21=
Engraved on one side: Arms of Ludwell, of Charing. (not registered) Engraved on other side: Arms of Ludwell impaling Beaumont. (in a lozenge on cup) for Elizabeth Ludwell, née Beaumont.
Marking:  Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);  Lion passant guardant (English quality mark for sterling);  T in pointed shield (London date letter for 1676–77);  I H, a fleur-de-lis between 2 pellets below, in shaped shield (maker's mark).
Location of marks: – on underside of foot and inside of lid
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