Extremely rare Commonwealth silver porringer stand or salver, 1656 mark of Daniel Rutty (b. 1628, free 1650, d. before Jan 1676), likely from the workshop of Arthur Manwaring (free 1643, d.1678)
Circular with scalloped rim and embossed decoration of repeating stylised leaf-like forms heightened with flat chasing and repeating crescent-shaped punchwork. The centre has a recessed section bordered with repeating flat-chased leaf-like forms, engraved with a contemporaneous coat of arms surrounded by a laurel wreath. Foot deficient. Fully marked to the edge, also with scratch weight 20=5 to the underside.
The arms are for Elmes impaling Clarke
Diameter 28.2cm (11in). Weight 513gm
A porringer stand of almost identical form, save for minor differences to the internal flat chased border but also bearing the distinctive repeating crescent shaped punch work to the rim, of 33.6 cm diameter and marked for 1657 by Arthur Manwaring with its accompanying porringer was sold Sotheby’s London, 2 June 1977 Lot 247 (£8,800). Another porringer stand at 28.6cm with its accompanying porringer of 1655 marked for Manwaring was sold at Christie’s Geneva 14 Nov 1972 ($18,155) (illustrated Mitchel 2017, page 225), this example too is of extremely similar form and bears the distinctive crescent shaped punch work to the stand and to the lid of the porringer. This 1655 porringer and stand are described by Michael Clayton as “one of the most important pieces made during the Commonwealth period.”