The Theocritus Cup



A two-handled, silver-gilt cup on a stand. The flaring-shaped cup has a flat low foot. The handles are made like twisting vines. One side of the cup shows a fisherman hauling a net and the other a young woman with two admirers. The stand has a centrepiece in the form of palm leaves and at each of the four corners is a rams head. The cup is inscribed to Thomas Earle and engraved with the arms of the town of Liverpool and of Earle himself.