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Two-handled cup: M.2-2006

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Langlands, John, I




Silver; two handled cup

Silver; the circular foot and stem raised in one piece, and supporting a deep cup with rounded base, straight sides, an applied horizontal moulding about a third of the way up, and a slightly everted rim. The plain hollow S-scroll handles have a slight inward curve at the top to serve as a thumb rest. Near the top on one handle are the initials of a man and wife, 'M/I N'.


History note: Purchased by the donor from Sovereign Antiques, Metrocentre, Gateshead in June 1994

Legal notes

Given by J.W.N. Petty, MA, LLM

Measurements and weight

Weight: 325 g
Weight: 10 : 9 oz : dwt

Place(s) associated

  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-01-30) by Petty, Joseph William Norman, MA, LLM


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
1774 CE - 1775 CE


This is a typical Newcastle-upon-Tyne two-handled loving cup.

Components of the work

Rim Diameter 10.1 cm Diameter 4 in
To Rim Height 13 cm Height 5⅛ in
Across Handles Width 18.1 cm Width 7¼ in

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: three castles on shield

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: leopard's head crowned

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: H
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: 'I.L' with ring above

  • Text: IL
  • Location: On the base, and on both handles
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: 'M' over 'IN'

  • Location: On one handle
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2-2006
Primary reference Number: 126012
Entry form number: 800
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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