A small bowl or cup with or without a lid and a single or pair of flat handles, set horizontally, and traditionally was a bowl from which children were fed. The term is derived from the French 'potager', a vessel for pottage or stew. Porringers were made throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, in silver, pewter and delftware, and revived in the late 19th century. In America the term is used to describe a shallow, one-handled dish used for blood-letting.
A Charles II two handled silver porringer, maker R.H. over crescent, London, 1680 of plain design with a single narrow relief band encircling the upper body, acanthus and palm leafage to the lower body, later engraved crest, caryatid scroll handles, 245 gm
A George II sterling silver porringer, 1759 London, with maker's mark for Francis Crump, the heavy gauge cup with a small waisted foot, a spiral rib to the lower section and a contemporary crest to the upper, with scrolling leaf form handles; hallmarked to
A sterling silver porringer, 19th century American, with maker's mark for Bigelow Kennard & Co, the pierced side handled porringer of typical compressed form, with engraved initials and date 1889 to handle; hallmarked underside also to handle. Silver weigh
A rare Queen Anne silver porringer, Britannia standard, tapering cylindrical shape with part fluted lower body, central relief rope twist band, the oval cartouche initialled and dated 1725 capped with a cupid mask, two scroll handles. London 1707 by John G
A William III silver porringer, of traditional form, the embossed fluted decoration to the lower portion with a band of quatrefoil decoration, the upper portion with another small embossed band, the engraved cartouche surrounded by scrolling leaf and scale
An unusual Charles II sterling silver porringer, London, 1663 of circular bulbous form decorated with a wide band of iris, tulips and anemones with caryatid thumb piece handles, faint armorial crest to rim 284gms, 13 cm diameter, 9 cm high
A sterling silver porringer, 1909, London, with maker's mark of John Henry Rawlings, of squat globular form with a waisted neck, two maidenhead scrolled handles, and decorated with repousse and chased anemone flowers; marks underside. Silver weight 280gr.
A rare Queen Anne period Britannia standard silver porringer, the lower body decorated with wrythen lobes bordered by a punch-work lappet design, and higher on the body with an encircling rope twist band in high relief similarly bordered; both band and lob
John Fossey, London, 1743 George II sterling silver two handled porringer circular tapering form with flared rim, rope-twist girdle, beaded scroll handles, the demi-gadrooned body engraved with flowers, on circular base. Height 8.5 cm weight 226 grams
A Victorian silver cased porringer in case, pronounced lobed rim above a restrained floral and leaf engraved and embossed band, conforming decoration to the sides, two 'Ear' form handles, all in the Georgian manner, in original fitted velvet and satin line
Silver Christening Ensemble by William Edwards and others, comprising a chased and floral embossed footed christening mug, a porringer bowl with grapevine handles and floral engraving, both initialled NLS together with an associated engraved knife and fork
A George I silver two handled porringer, maker's mark rubbed, London 1718, the tapered body with a scale and acanthus cartouche with later monogram, flanked by fluted scroll handles 317gms, 9.5 cm high
A James II silver porringer, maker T.S in monogram below coronet, London, 1684, of cylindrical form with recessed foot and slightly flared lip, the sides engraved with Chinoiserie figures, exotic birds and foliage, double scroll handles, raised on shallow
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