Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Unusual Artifacts: The Prince of Wales Beaker, 17th Century

The Victoria & Albert Museum

Made in the early Seventeenth Century, this pewter beaker has been molded with ornamental horizontal bands of fruit and flowers. At the front, the Royal Arms of the House of Stuart have been modeled with a crowned Tudor Rose. The reverse bears the three feathers of the Prince of Wales.

Such a vessel, designed for drinking beer, was probably not made for the Prince of Wales, but rather as an homage to him.

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