A silver chalice was designed as a footed vessel for holding liquid, and was typically used during religious ceremonies, unlike a silver goblet, which was meant to be used on a daily basis. The oldest known piece of English sterling silver which carries a date letter is thought to be the chalice and paten from the church of St. Mary the Virgin in Somerset, which is currently housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Hallmarked In 1914
Hallmarked in Dublin in 1914 by West & Son, this handsome, Antique Sterling Silver Replica of the Ardagh Chalice, is decorated with Celtic bands and enamelled studs. The chalice measures 6.5"(16.5cm) tall, by 10.25"(26cm) wide, by 7.75"(19.5cm) deep, and weighs 42.5 troy ounces. The Ardagh Chalice is considered to be one of the greatest treasures of the early Irish Church, and one of the finest known works of Insular art. It is thought to have been made in the 8th Century AD, and was discovered in 1868 by Jim Quin & Paddy Flanagan just outside the village of Ardagh in County Limerick, Ireland.
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