Published 24th June 2012
A pair of Charles I flagons, produced by William Mainwaring in 1648, Mainwaring being a Silversmith in London. They were brought to the parish of St Stephen's to hold communion wine and used to top up the communion cup.
The flagons bear the initials KIM 1664, and suggest that they were possibly the initials of an Exeter merchant John King who on his death left £125 for the poor of the parish.
The church of St Stephen's is in the city's High Street. It was sold by the church in 1658 and used to stable horses. In 1660, the building was restored to the parishioners who undertook extensive rebuilding work. Due to a fire, further reconstruction took place and the church eventually reopened for services in 1664.
The shape and design of the flagons are typical of the period but the matted design is unusual. The estimate is £15,000–20,000.
Another interesting piece of Silver is a paten or tazza from the church of St Lawrence that once stood in Exeter's High Street. It dates from the Commonwealth Period (1649-1660) and is quite austere in its decoration, having stylised oak leaves and wavy banded decoration. Like the pair of flagons, it was made in London in 1654 but the maker is unidentified. The estimate is £1,000–2,000.