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A early Charles I bronze mortar
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A early Charles I bronze mortar

BY THOMAS CHEESE, BURY ST EDMUNDS

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A early Charles I bronze mortar
By Thomas Cheese, Bury St Edmunds
The rim cast with the date 1626, within a band of zig-zag and dotted ornament, the ribbed body with owner's initials in triad F.I.K., and the Bury St Edmunds crown, flanked by barred 'T' motifs, with twin loop handles
9 5/8in. (22cm.) diameter; 7in. (17.8cm.) high
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The barred 'T' motif appears to be the personal mark of Thomas Cheese (-see also lot 468 in the present collection for the same mark). He is recorded as working between 1603 and 1635. The same crown and crossed sword mark appears on a mortar by this founder dated 1619 in the collection of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (ref.OAF20).
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