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Ch. 4: Caelatura, Antique Plate

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CAELATURA—MEDIEVAL PIATE.              167
made like a J reversed, and they fasten the said straps to two little serpents, which have been blue. Weight xxx in. vi oz. (246 oz. Troy)." *
The gold plate consists of sixty-seven pieces, generally of more simple make ; hanaps and goblets, dishes, cruets, spoons ; including, however, some curious items, as
" 258. An Ewer of gold, -whereof the foot is small and round, carved with Saracenic letters, and above this is a little boss round and plain : the mouth of the said ewer is wide, and the bottom pointed, and around its belly runs a lily carved with Saracenic letters. And at the cup are iii pipes, two above and one below ; and the cover is carved and worked after the same fashion as the belly of the said ewer ; and on the border of the cover are ix large pearls; and upon the knosp a large sapphire between two very big pearls and two sapphires. Weighs in all iv m. ii oz. (34 oz. Troy).
" 203. A great Hanap of gold, tripod-fashion, which iii serpents uphold ; and the said hanap and its cover are enamelled with serpents of their proper colours, entwined with our coat of arms ; and on the cover is a large sapphire mounted in the knosp. Weighs in all χ m. ii oz. (82 oz. Troy).
" 210. An Ewer in crystal, mounted in gold, and on the cover is a little dove holding a pearl in her beak, and below are vi others, larger, weighing, gold and crystal, iii m. vi oz. (30 oz. Troy).
" 256. A Goblet of gold, resting on a little round foot carved with Saracenic letters, and between the goblet and the foot is a round boss quite solid, and above this a lily, which embraces all the goblet, of which every leaf is carved with Saracenic letters, and at the bottom is an
* The total weight of the silver plate is summed up at 8036 m. or 5357 lb. 4 oz. Troy.
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