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Please note that the mark illustrated in the catalogue is the later Prussian storage mark which has been printed upside down and not the indistinct maker's mark, apparently ML conjoined.
The Property of a Lady (Lots 31-59) This collection comprises silver from most of the major German production centres of the 17th and 18th centuries, in particular Augsburg and Nuremberg. The pineapple was considered an exotic fruit at this period although it was first brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus at the end of the 15th century. It was a symbol of hospitality and proved a popular subject for silver cups which often served no other purpose than to demonstrate the wealth and status of the owner. As gilding was expensive at this period, not to mention dangerous because of the mercury involved in the process, it was common practice to leave the underneath of the foot ungilded as this was not visible when standing on a table.