Recusant chalice

English (London)
about 1650–70
Marked by IH

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.); Diameter (of base) 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.); Weight 176.5 gm (5 oz 13 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt

Not On View





The cup rests on a flaring hexafoil base with molded lower rim. One face of the base is engraved with the crucifixion. The baluster stem has three angels’ heads applied to the central knop. The cup has a flat base, slightly flaring sides, and a gilt interior. The cup is composed of three pieces which are screwed together: a foot, knop, and bowl. The foot is formed from a single piece with an applied molded wire rim formed disk below the threaded post. The knop is cast in two pieces, with applied cast putti’s heads. There are traces of gilding on the knop. The bowl is raised. The surface of the bowl and marks are worn.


On rim and on underside of foot, maker's mark IH in a heart-shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 135; rev. ed. 1989, p. 133)


1962, Thomas Lumley, Ltd., London; 1962, sold by Lumley to the MFA for £350. (Accession Date: September 19, 1962)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour