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Treasures of Silver at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge


  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521818803

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  • This is an account of the unique assemblage of silver and silver-mounted artefacts belonging to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, some of them dating back to the College's foundation 650 years ago. They include extraordinary objects such as a thirteenth-century drinking vessel made of the horn of an extinct animal, as well as the everyday tools and utensils of past centuries. Although some of them are well known to art historians, they have never been published in detail. The objects are especially significant for being documented in the College's archives from the fourteenth century onwards. The book investigates the objects' construction, how the College came by them, their original meaning and context, how they came to survive the depredations of the Civil War, what happened to those that do not survive, evidence of wear and repair, and what they were (and still are) used for.

    • An account of the unique assemblage of silver and silver-mounted artefacts belonging to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
    • Includes information about some artefacts that date back as far as 650 years ago
    • Includes some artefacts that have never before been featured in book form
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521818803
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 198 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.102kg
    • contains: 448 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword by the Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Professor Haroon Ahmed
    1. Outline of the college's history
    2. Introduction to plate
    3. Plate in the college
    4. The Great Horn or Bugle
    5. Plate of the gilds: the Coconut Cup
    6. Medieval college plate: mazers, seals, and the Knob
    7. Parkerians and Elizabethan plate (with a contribution by C. Hall)
    8. Fellow-commoners and the Civil War
    9. Chapel plate
    10. Post-1690 drinking vessels
    11. Coffee pots, also Argyle, teapots and associated vessels
    12. Candlesticks
    13. Salvers or waiters
    14. Inkstands or standishes
    15. Casters or dredgers, cruet frames, grinders, and the administration of sugar
    16. Salts and saltspoons
    17. Mustards and mustard spoons
    18. Tools or flatware
    19. Instruments of tobacconing
    20. Sporting plate
    21. Things useful and extravagant
    22. Modernistic plate

  • Author

    Oliver Rackham, University of Cambridge
    Oliver Rackham OBE , FBA has been a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, since 1964, and is an historical ecologist and historian of landscape.

    Photographs by

    John Cleaver, University of Cambridge
    John Cleaver is Assistant Director of Research at the Microelectronics Research Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, where his research interests are in physics and the fabrication of novel microelectronic devices.

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