Portable communion set: 16th century
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Portable communion set consisting of four parts. At the back is a leather case and in front is a miniature silver chalice, glass bottle and silver paten or plate. The wood and embossed-leather travelling case contains two compartments, one for the silver-gilt chalice and paten, and the other for a glass phial that originally held consecrated wine. For convenience, the bowl and foot of the chalice unscrew. The foot is inscribed with the sacred monogram JH and bears London marks, the date letter R for 1534-5 and a hanap (cup) maker's mark. The paten bears a later and cruder version of the sacred monogram but is otherwise unmarked. Sets of this sort were used by the priest to administer last rites to the sick and dying.
1534 AD - 1534 AD