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Queen Anne Britannia Silver Porringer or Caudle Cup London 1711

Heading : An early 18th century porringer of caudle cup
Date : 1711
Period : Queen Anne
Origin : London, England
Body : Two applied handles with reeded decoration, gadrooned decoration at the base and centre, engraved with three foliate bands and letters IDE
Size : 6.8cm tall and 12cm handle to handle.
Condition : Excellent, age related wear as shown
Restoration : None
Weight : 74 grams (2.37 Troy ounces)

Additional information : Porringers were often given as gifts to women after childbirth as they were used in the late 17th century to serve mothers who were convalescing. Caudle is a mixture of wine or ale, spices and sugar.

The letters when read DEI in clockwise manner require no explanation. Read in the reverse order In Excelsis Dei. It is quite common for silver caudle cups to bear liturgical mnemonics and this is a well known example. We are advised that this is known as a "semordnilap", a word that may be read forwards and backwards but has two different meanings or interpretaions unlike a palindrome. Many thanks to "dictionary corner" for this one.

An alternative interpretation is that this is a betrothal triangle. That letter D above is the first letter of a surname and the two letters below are the first letters of christian names. These appear on all manner of silver items especially flatware.

two-handled cups such as this were the most common type of vessel used to serve the consecrated wine in nonconformist worship. The use of ordinary domestic silver for the purposes of communion, instead of the standard altar plate, aided in distancing Nonconformists from the Anglican church.

References : http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O107170/communion-cup-madden-jonathan/

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