PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF RICHARD GEORGE MEECH, Q.C. (LOTS 303-308)
In the 1937 sale it was stated that this bowl was part of a bequest of money etc. left by Miss Parminter to the Charity Commissioners for the Parish of Withycombe Raleigh, to establish a hostel.
A similar bowl by this maker, dated 1677, is in the Huntington Library, California, and is illustrated by Robert R. Wark in British Silver in the Huntington Collection, p. 89, item 219. Another example, with cover lacking finial, made by Thomas Jenkins, London, 1672, is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, see Ellenor M. Alcorn, English Silver in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Vol. I, item 68, pp. 153-4.
The purpose of these vessels has been a matter of conjecture. Philippa Glanville in Silver in Tudor and Early Stuart England, illustrates a somewhat similar bowl of 1640 form King's College, Cambridge, described as "bowl for spiced wine". The latter bowl contained a grater for nutmeg.
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