Mug, one of a pair

On display

These mugs belong to a small group of objects, apparently restricted to the few years between 1687 and 1692 and bearing a variety of makers' marks, which are united by a distinctive type of engraving that is unusual both in subject matter and technique. The technique, more commonly found on pewter, is known as 'wrigglework' because the line was achieved by moving the burin in a zig-zag motion across the surface of the metal. (see also WA2004.96 and WA2004.97). The form of these mugs is unusual in silver, although quite common in delftware, and it would seem that this is a rare case of the silversmith following the potter.


Further reading

Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 37

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