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Porringer: M/P.7 & A-1938

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Noyes, Henry




Silver, two-handled porringer and cover with chased stylised flowers within arches

Silver, raised, with cast handles, and flat-chased and punched decoration. The circular bowl slopes inwards towards the rim, and has two cast scroll handles with thumb-pieces in the from of a 'Janus head'. The circular cover, is slightly domed and has a ring handle of twisted wire. The bowl is decorated round the lower part with flat-chased arches, each enclosing a formal trefoil headed plant with four leaves. The cover is similarly decorated.


History note: Not known before Leonard Daneham Cunliffe

Legal notes

L.D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 12 cm
Height: 4¾ in
Weight: 400 g
Weight: 12: 17 oz: dwt

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


17th Century, Mid#
1657 CE - 1658 CE


The mark HN with a bird holding an olive branch below in plain shield ia most likely to have been that of Henry Noyes, who became free of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1640 and died in 1666. The initials might also be those of Henry Neale, but his trade is uncertain, whereas Noyes wasn definitely a plateworker and took on several apprentices between 1647 and 1662.

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Components of the work

Cover Diameter 11.1 cm Width 4⅜ in
Across The Handles Width 16.8 cm Width 6½ in
Matted Decoration
Ring Handle
Two Handles

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: HN over a bird holding an olive branch
  • Location: Struck three times on the cover and three times on the body
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: gothic V
  • Location: On the centre of the cover and rim of the body
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.7 & A-1938
Primary reference Number: 118259
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 September 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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