Silver 2 Handled Porringer
Firstly, the main body’s decoration is bold and crisp with no wear, no dents except a slight bruise on the foot. This is where the base foot meets the body and is a little scruffy. Secondly, it is not the most even silver solder you will see but not at all drastic. Furthermore, there are 2 small pin holes in the foot rim. We we believe these are an indication that at some point it has been mounted on a plinth and these holes were for small pins to hold it in place.
Stands 107mm tall at the rim and 102mm across rim excluding handles.
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Porringers originated in medieval Europe and were first made from wood. Subsequently, however, porringers were made from ceramic, pewter and finally silver. In Europe they usually have two flat handles whereas Colonial porringers often have just one. Furthermore, the owner’s initials were sometimes engraved on these handles. Subsequently, some porringers had a lid and resembled a smaller Scottish drinking vessel, the quaich.
Silver porringers are still often used as Christening gifts.
Moreover, touch marks were stamped into the bowl of the porringer or on its base. Wooden porringers dating back to the 16th Century have been excavated .
To sum up, a porringer is a shallow bowl, between 100 and 150mm in diameter and around 40 to 80mm deep.