Standing cup of silver-gilt; bowl almost hemispherical with baluster stem and expanding foot; inscribed around lip. Below the inscription is a band from which, in three places, are suspended shields of arms engraved on the bowl: (1) Bacon as bachelor, quarterly 1,4, 'gules, on a chief argent, two mullets sable', for Bacon of Suffolk and 2,3, 'barry of six or and azure a bend gules; in fess point a crescent for difference', for Quaplade; (2) his arms as a married man, Bacon quartering Quaplade, with a crescent for difference in fess point, impaling: 'or, on a bend vert, three bucks' heads caboshed argent, attired gold', for Fernley; (3) arms of Nicholas, eldest son of Sir Nicholas Bacon: Bacon quartering Quaplade, with a crescent for difference in fess point and a label of three points impaling: quarterly of six, I, 'azure on a chevron between three estoiles or, as many lozenges gules', for Butts; 2, 'gules, a boar passant, or', for Bacon of Cambridgeshire; 3, 'ermine on a chief dancettée sable, two lions rampant or', for Buers; 4, 'azure, three oak-leaves; 5 ermine, a chevron sable, between three roses gules', for Farmor; 6, 'checky argent and gules, a cross azure', for Roydon. Upper and lower parts of foot divided by reeded band; on flat surface of cover, pedestal with incurved sides supports, on mound, three-handled urn surmounted by a boar ungilt, ermine, with a crescent for cadency on its left side, feet resting on torse; band at top engraved with motto with engraved scrolls between words. Outside of bowl with ribbed surface; one of three made from the Great Seal of Philip and Mary; maker's mark, hallmarks and date-letter.
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