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Ecclesiastical flagon: M.1-1994

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Keith, John (Silversmith)
Possibly Butterfield, William (Designer)


Ruby glass mounted in silver-gilt with engraved ornament, and inscription 'GLORY BE TO GOD ON hIGH +' (sic)

Ruby glass mounted in silver-gilt with engraved ornament. The flagon stands on a circular foot with a convex mojulding round the edge, and rises in a slight convex cjrve to a very short stem with an anulet concealing the junction of the ovoid ruby glass body. About half-way up, the body is encircled by a silver-gilt band engraved 'GLORY BE TO GOD ON hIGh + ' with a leaf between each word and a background of horizontal striations. The lower part of the neck is engraved with a formal trefoil leaf ornament between horizontal ribs. The projecting sparrow-beak spout is engraved with a fleur-de-lis, and the stepped and slightly convex cover is engraved with four leaves forming a cross surrounded by small circles between two concentric circles. The cover is hinged to the handle, and has a 'twisted rope' thumbpiece. The S-shaped handle has a three-dimensional fleur-de-lis at each end, and is engraved with a vertical line flanked by pairs of diagonal lines of graduated sizes. The body is attached to the foot by means of a screw and nut.


History note: Michael Whiteway, Kensington Church Street, London

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1994-02-28) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Second quarter of 19th century
Victoria I
Between 1865 CE - 1866 CE

School or Style

Gothic Revival

Components of the work

Body composed of glass ( ruby red) Mount composed of silver-gilt Foot Diameter 9.5 cm Diameter 3¾ in
To Top Of Finial Height 26.4 cm Height 10⅜ in

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: GLORY BE TO GOD ON hIGh + (sic)
  • Location: On silver-gilt band on body
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: I.K
  • Location: On neck, foot and cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: lion passant guardant

  • Location: On neck, foot and cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: leopard's head

  • Location: On neck
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: k
  • Location: On neck, foot and cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Date letter

Inscription present: monarch's head

  • Location: On neck and foot
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Duty mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1994
Primary reference Number: 119280
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 28 November 2018 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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