Charles II Silver Porringer
This silver porringer, a vessel out of which porridge was eaten or beer was drank. The porringer is raised on a short, round, retracted foot, the rim of which is adorned with a pearl-ring. The smooth wall of the body is simply with an engraved coat of arms decorated. At two sides, two scrolls form the handles. The lid has a flat projecting rim ornamented with cut-card acanthus foliage and a pearl-ring, like at the foot. A convoluted snake, which forms the handle, is attached on top of the lid.
The technique of cut-card works, the smooth walls of the body as well as the handle of the lid are typical for the late Stuart Period (Charles II (1630-1685), r. 1660-1685). Porringer is a characteristic object of the 18th century (cf. Jackson 1911: fig. 239/B. I/S. 229).
The full coat of arms (with crest, helm and supporter) on the wall of the body of the vessel presents most probably the family arms of the Whitelocks and Carletons. On the 11th September 1650 and at the church St. John, Hackney, the lawyer and parliamentarian Bulstrote Whitelocke (1605-1675) got married for his third time to Mary, widow of the parliamentarian Rowland Wilson (1613-1650) and only daughter of Bigley Carleton of London. The coat of arms of the Whitelock represents two falcons on the upper side of an engrailed chevron and a third one on the lower side of it. The coat of arms of the Carleton represents three lozenges (mascles) in a bend.
Maker: The maker’s monogram “ID” could not be identified.
Jackson, Ch., J., 1921, English Goldsmiths and their marks, London: MacMillan and Co. Limited
Anonymous, 1911,’Whitelock, Bulstrode’, in Chisholm, Hugh (ed.), Encyclopædia Britannica 28, 11th ed., Cambridge University Press, pp. 606–607