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By N M Penzer, taken from “Apollo” July, August and September 1960 editions.

It is now just sixty years since Hubert Dynes Ellis, famous in later years for his collection of London and provincial spoons, read at a meeting of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, held at Christ’s Hospital a paper on their antique plate.  Since that time, except for an occasional loan of certain pieces to exhibitions, nothing has been written on the subject.

The collection is of importance not only on account of the variety and rarity of many of the pieces but because of the exceedingly high standard of their condition.  In the present articles I shall deal with the plate chronologically.  As is the case with both Oxford and Cambridge, the earliest piece at Christ’s Hospital is a drinking horn. 

Courtesy Toby Phillips Photography

 

A rare silver-gilt mounted drinking horn, unmarked circa 1490

A rare silver-gilt mounted drinking horn, unmarked circa 1490

An Elizabeth 1 parcel-gilt standing cup and cover, maker’s mark I. E, London, 1594

An Elizabeth 1 parcel-gilt standing cup and cover, maker’s mark I. E, London, 1594

The “Bell” Salt, silver gilt, 1607

The “Bell” Salt, silver gilt, 1607

A fine set of three James I silver-gilt wine cups, maker’s mark WC, and arrow between (attributed to William Cook) London 1615

A fine set of three James I silver-gilt wine cups, maker’s mark WC, and arrow between (attributed to William Cook) London 1615

A rare set of twelve ‘Mercers’ spoons, Robert Jygges, London, 1630

A rare set of twelve ‘Mercers’ spoons, Robert Jygges, London, 1630

Wine Cup, 1617, silver

Wine Cup, 1617, silver

A pair of Charles I tankards, George Day, London 1639

A pair of Charles I tankards, George Day, London 1639

A Commonwealth sweetmeat dish, Arthur Manwaring, London 1654

A Commonwealth sweetmeat dish, Arthur Manwaring, London 1654

A James II cup and cover with companion salver, Robert Smythier, London 1686/87

A James II cup and cover with companion salver, Robert Smythier, London 1686/87

A pair of Charles II table candlesticks, maker’s mark T.D in script monogram (Jackson, P141), London 1680

A pair of Charles II table candlesticks, maker’s mark T.D in script monogram (Jackson, P141), London 1680

A set of three William III casters, Anthony Nelme, London 1699

A set of three William III casters, Anthony Nelme, London 1699

A Charles I helmet-shaped ewer, marker’s mark C.K. (Jackson, P136), London 1638

A Charles I helmet-shaped ewer, marker’s mark C.K. (Jackson, P136), London 1638

A Charles I silver-gilt rosewater dish, maker’s mark W.M. (Jackson, p118), London 1639

A Charles I silver-gilt rosewater dish, maker’s mark W.M. (Jackson, p118), London 1639

A George III silver-gilt ewer, Paul Storr, for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, London 1810

A George III silver-gilt ewer, Paul Storr, for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, London 1810

A Charles I trencher salt, marker’s mark HB conjoined, (Jackson, P119), London

A Charles I trencher salt, marker’s mark HB conjoined, (Jackson, P119), London

A pair of Queen Anne trencher salts, Thomas Ash, London 1702

A pair of Queen Anne trencher salts, Thomas Ash, London 1702

A part 17th Century German silver-gilt cup and cover, the body and foot (formerly cover) Reinhold Reil, Nurenberg, circa 1650

A part 17th Century German silver-gilt cup and cover, the body and foot (formerly cover) Reinhold Reil, Nurenberg, circa 1650

A Charles II silver-gilt chalice and cover (forming a paten) maker’s mark R.A. (Jackson p124), London 1660 and 1662

A Charles II silver-gilt chalice and cover (forming a paten) maker’s mark R.A. (Jackson p124), London 1660 and 1662