Posted 4 years ago
I have been trying to find out information about these sterling egg cups for years. I have a matched set of 4, and they appear to be gilded inside. I believe they are egg cups, but could well be mistaken. I have researched the history of the order of the garter, but have always wondered if these may have belonged to someone that was a part of that order or is it common for someone not involved to have the motto inscribed on something of this sort. The one thing that I was not able to show well was the wording on the garter from the silver cup. It is the motto of the order of the garter in old french, Honi soit qui mal y pense. The cup is 2 3/4 high X 2 inches across the opening. The maker's mark is IF in joined ovals that I believe belongs to John Wilmin Figg. The uncrowned leopard head, queen's profile and date letter have given me information that it was made in London, and I believe the letter, though very stylized, appears to be an "E" which would make it 1840. The letters/monogram in the middle of the garter crest appear to be EC. ANY information you might have would be greatly appreciated.