Spanish Continental Beaker


$900.00



Item Description

Spanish Continental Beaker
A continental beaker, quite early, that appears to have Spanish hallmarks. It shows a portrait of Alphonso V, King of Naples and Sicily, as well as some Spanish provinces. The inscription reads, “DIVUS ALPHONSUS REX/ TRIUMPHATOR ET PACIFICUS? MCCCCXLVIIII”. Translated, “The Exalted Alphonso King, Conqueror and Peace Maker 1449.” Alphonso V, was the son of Ferdinand I, and became king of Aragon and Sicily. After defeating king Rene of Naples, he assumed that title as well. We are not experts in identifying early continental silver, but the cup is certainty early, and the hallmarks seem to be Spanish. The portrait is in a medallion, which is a close representation of an early struck metal likely executed to commemorate Alphonso sometime after his death in 1458. The portrait is flanked by a helmet and crown and the detail is quite good. Only a small dent in the base keeps the cup from being called pristine. Height about 3 ¼ inches, weight is about 4 oz. troy