An early 17th-century wine taster
A silver wine taster a small bowl used by a vintner to sample wine has been acquired by the Museum of London (accession number: 78.161). Found on the north Thames bank in the area known as the Vintry an area which has been associated with the wine trade since at least 1170 it is inscribed Johanes Downinge Decem 3th 1634, with London hallmarks for 1634-5. The owner was perhaps the John Downinge recorded as joining the Coopers Company as an apprentice in 1633/4.
[Transactions 34(1983), pp 203 5; abstract by Francis Grew, 09-Dec-1997]
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