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Welford Cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Welford Cup
  • Description

    Standing Cup or "font cup" (The Welford Cup); silver; with inscription around rim; inside bowl decorated with circular punch marks; trumpet foot.

  • Date

    • 1518
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 100 millimetres
    • Diameter: 106 millimetres (max. diameter)
    • Diameter: 89 millimetres (max. diameter of base)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        The word of the Lord endures forever.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Comment

        London 1518.
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Comment

        Heart in a cartouche.
  • Curator's comments

    Would originally have had a cover and have been used as a grace cup. See also the ROCHESTER TAZZAS and a number of other font cups listed in Glanville, for which see bibliography.
    Gallery Label, Gallery 46, Case 6, August 2005:
    Cup, Silver, London, 1518-9
            This is one of a type known as a ‘font’ cup, a ceremonial drinking cup engraved with a grace to be said at a meal. They were intended for domestic, and often communal, use at the dining table.
    Found in 1968 at Welford, Northamptonshire, this cup was acquired by the British Museum under the laws of Treasure Trove.        
    MLA 1969,12-7,1


  • Bibliography

    • Glanville 1990 p.393 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G46/dc6/s5/sh2

  • Condition

    Base and bowl damaged.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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