Hallmarked Silver: Dublin George II Marriage Cup made by William Suttons 1740. The cup stands on a cast and applied spreading foot which is decorated with reeding. The inverted bell shaped body has an inverted rim and a cast and applied girdle around the centre of the cup. The cup has two cast "Harp" shaped scroll handles, of typical Irish design, which are attached to the main body with very unusual angular moulding's. The front of the cup is engraved with exceptional engraving and shows a contemporary Armorial 'A hind passant holding in the mouth an oak branch bearing an acorn'. The cup is in excellent condition, is of a good gauge and displays a fine patina. It is very well marked on the base. The work of William Sutton does not appear very often and is of the finest quality. He was Freeman of the Goldsmith's company from 1724-33. The design of the Loving Cup is peculiar to Ireland and it is thought that the two handles allowed the passing of the cup from one person to another as a token of friendship, or for drinking a celebratory toast. Engraved beneath the base F above H & M. Approx. 23ozs. Diameter 5ins. x 9ins across handles, 7ins. high.
Acknowledgement - Mary Cooke, Jacksons, page 634.
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