An unusually decorated and initialled bronze mortar, English
Probably mid-17th century
With straight-sided everted rim and straight-sided spreading foot, the body decorated with the initials 'IP', both letters with bifurcated terminals, two espalier-like plant forms, and a third ladder-like form, all between a pair of moulded ribs, 14cm diameter x 11cm high
- The espalier-like plant forms on this mortar are recorded (see Michael Finlay, English Decorated Bronze Mortars and their Makers (2010), p. 159, but on earlier mortars of different forms. Their founders are as yet unidentified. The shape of this mortar bears most similarities with one made by Thomas Purdue in Somerset, which has the same straight-sided edge to the rim and foot, and similar horizontal ribs forming a border for the decorated central band (see ibid, p. 114, Fig 214.