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Cup

Cup

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1874 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Elkington & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver, gilt within

  • Credit Line:

    Lent by the National Railway Museum, York

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:NRM YORK.1:14-1999

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 13

This form of loving cup first appeared in the Elkington pattern books in 1873. It could be made in silver and in 1885 a catalogue of the firm's products illustrated a similar elaborately decorated cup costing £ 33. Such a large and heavy item was probably intended for display on the sideboard in either a private home or a public dining room of some elegance. The Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras station was indeed very stylish. Designed by the architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott, the interior was as richly embellished as the fine eclectic gothic of the facade. The hotel opened in 1873, with plate ordered from Elkingtons, china from the Royal Porcelain Company, Worcester and glass from P.& C. Osler.

Physical description

Three-handled cup, the body, cylindrical, tapering towards the rim and rests on a plain moulded foot. The rim and base of the body, embellished with a line of chased decoration; similarly the handles. The interior, gilt.

Top perimeter: decorated with beads and spikes; Bottom perimeter: band of floral decoration; Each handle: underside decorated as leaf branch with band of beads. Corner decorated with bunch of beads on top of handle which is decorated as a leaf branch. Top side decorated with circular and triangular shapes and at the base of each handle there is a hole.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)

Date

1874 (made)

Artist/maker

Elkington & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver, gilt within

Marks and inscriptions

Base: E&Co mark plus E&Co spelt out, date letter N for 1899, Elkington 13474. Design Registry Mark for 1st May 1887~Front: Centre marked with illustration of griffin and inscribed beneath ‘The Midland Grand Hotel’

Dimensions

Height: 17.4 cm, Length: 25.4 cm, Width: 25.4 cm

Object history note

"National Railway Museum Loan
Top perimeter: decorated with beads and spikes; Bottom perimeter: band of floral decoration; Each handle: underside decorated as leaf branch with band of beads. Corner decorated with bunch of beads on top of handle which is decorated as a leaf branch. Top side decorated with circular and triangular shapes and at the base of each handle there is a hole.

This form of loving cup first appeared in the Elkington pattern books in 1873. It could be made in silver and in 1885 a catalogue of the firm's products illustrated a similar elaborately decorated cup costing £ 33. Such a large and heavy item was probably intended for display on the sideboard in either a private home or a public dining room of some elegance. The Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras station was indeed very stylish. Designed by the architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott, the interior was as richly embellished as the fine eclectic gothic of the facade. The hotel opened in 1873, with plate ordered from Elkingtons, china from the Royal Porcelain Company, Worcester and glass from P.&C. Osler. "

Descriptive line

Electroplated nickel silver, Birmingham, 1874, made by Elkington and Co.

Materials

Nickel silver; Gold; Silver

Techniques

Spinning; Casting; Electroplating

Subjects depicted

Griffin

Categories

Metalwork; Drinking; Containers

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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