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Altar flagon: M.13-1981

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Keith, John




Silver with many traces of gilding and engraved decoration, including the inscription 'TE LAVDAMVA TIBI BENEDICIMVS', and on the underside of the foot 'To the Glory of God and in loving remembrance of Thomas Brber who fell asleep in Jesus on the + Feast of the Circumcision 1863. +'

Silver with many traces of gilding, and engraved decoration. The flagon stands on a stepped and slightly domed foot, the step of which is pierced with a series of holes. The tapering cylindrical body is annulated with roll moldings, one at the top and bottom, and two pairs at intervals between. The cover is attached to the body by means of a hinge with a trefoil-shaped thumbpiece pierced by four hearts; the lower part of the side of the cover is pierced with a series of groups of four holes. The S-shaped spout is engraved with a pair of spiralling lines, and is linked to the body by a cinquefoil within a circle. The curling ends of the flat, ear-shaped handle terminate in fleurs-de-lys. Below the moulding at the top of the body there is a border of engraved scallops and small circles. Between the upper pair of roll mouldings there is a running trefoil-ended cross pattern against a diagonally hatched ground. Between the lower pair is the inscription 'TE LAVDAMVS TIBI BENEDICIMVS' preceded by a Cross, and with a lozenge between TE and LAVDAMVS and between TIBI and BENEDICIMVS. On a disc inserted under the foot is the inscription 'To the Glory of God and in loving remembrance of Thomas Barber who fell asleep in Jesus on the + Feast of the Circumcision 1863. +'.


History note: The Fine Art Society, 113 New Bond Street, London

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum with Grant-in-Aid from the Victoria and Albert Musuem

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.5 cm
Height: 10⅜ in
Weight: 680 g
Weight: 21 : 17 oz : dwt

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1981-06-08) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Victoria I
Second quarter of 19th century
Between 1861 CE - 1862 CE


The piece is marked on the lid. The base is probably marked as four impressions are visible on the interior, but the exterior of the base is covered by the disc bearing the commemorative inscription

School or Style

Gothic Revival

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold
Handle To Spout Width 18 cm Width 7⅛ in

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: To the Glory of God and in loving remembrance of Thomas Barber who fell asleep in Jesus on the + Feast of the Circumcision 1863. +
  • Location: On a disc inserted on underside of base
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: the . is raised half-way between the letters

  • Text: I.K
  • Location: On cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: lion passant guardant

  • Location: On cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: f
  • Location: On cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Date letter

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.13-1981
Primary reference Number: 119263
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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