Silver "loving" cup

Contributed by Geoff Cornwall

This item was presented as a token of respect by one R. Spencer who is believed to have been a ship's Master working out of Hull to my ancestor William Cornwall of Hull who was a ship-owner. It is believed to have been made in the Netherlands. It has passed down the family ever since and is recorded in "The House of Cornewall" by Compton Reade & Lord Liverpool (1908). I inherited it on the death of my father some ten years ago. It is an object of beauty and seems to reflect the respect that Spencer has for his employer who seems to have supported him following a financial crisis of some kind. It bears, inter alia, these words round the rim: "When means fail friends grow scant. No cut of unkindness, No woe to want"

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Believed to be Netherlands


Presented 1685


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