London, South Kensington
4 July 2007
A GEORGE III SILVER CHILD'S CHRISTENING MUG
maker's mark probably that of William Sampel, London 1771, of balaster form on spreading foot, contemporaneously chased, with cricket scene of bowler and batsman within a surround of 'C' scrolls, gilt interior, the base inscribed with contemporary initials "B.P", later inscribed "E.S.", 2½in. (6½cm.) high, 2oz.
"ONE OF THE OLDEST ARTEFACTS DEPICTING CRICKET KNOWN TO COLLECTORS. Only a very few paintings and engravings are older. It is almost certainly the oldest known piece of metalware. The nearest approaches in terms of age are the Enamelled Copper match box (c.1780) sold at Phillips in 1980, and now in the Melbourne Cricket Museum; and the Jingdezhen Punch Bowl (c.1786) purchased by Lord's in 1984" (The Cricket Memorabilia Society, Issue 64, September 2004).
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