A c.1780 English travelling chalice, or cup, £385 from Walpoles.

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It has a faceted, knopped stem and simulated impressed fluting, while the foot has a knurled edge to provide a good grip for screwing on and off. The bowl flips over concealing the stem for transportation.

Rare for the choice of metal, the piece is offered by Walpoles for £385. The London dealership offers stock broadly divided into three categories: ‘The Army’, ‘The Navy’ and ‘The English Country House’.