This lovely sterling silver Christening mug is an example of typical gifts that were given to celebrate the Christening of a young infant in earlier times. This example is housed in a shaped leatherette box edged with gilding. When this is opened it reveals a purple velvet base with purple silk top which is stamped in gilt, ‘Flavelle & Roberts Sydney, Brisbane & London’. The contained cup or mug is of sterling silver, maker ‘EH’ with the appropriate marks for London 1885. The cup has an engraved monogram presumably for the actual child and this is surrounded with sprays of grape leaves and bunches of grapes! It has a sturdy silver handle and a plain silver interior. The condition of the box is very good for age with some slight scuffing and the catch is currently not functional. The cup itself is in very good condition with a couple of minor indentations and some rubbing of part of the hallmark. This would be a charming addition to a collection of silver or childhood items. Height 3.4 ins (8.7cm). Weight 188 grams. This item appears in my book “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 242.
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