Corpus Christi College Oxford

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The College is privileged to own a unique collection of Renaissance silver, the legacy of Bishop Fox and President Morwent and a rare survival from the English Civil War. Of the thirteen principal pieces, the College has recently loaned the crozier, chalice and ablution dishes to the Ashmolean Museum, where they are on open display for the benefit of a wider audience. Aside from these early pieces, the College has fine examples of domestic silver from the 18th to the 20th century. Important drinking vessels include a 17th century beaker, three ox-eye cups and a wide range of mugs and tankards, ranging from half a pint to six pints in capacity. There is a superb Paul de Lamerie covered cup presented to the College by the Moseley family, and several other important cups and trophies. Many items, including three impressive late 18th century tureens, an early monteith, many tazzas and two argyles have extensive documentation of purchase and repair, giving an insight into the role of silver in the past life of the College. Particular items are associated with significant figures in the College's past, such as John Keble, or important silversmiths, such as Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr.



Bishop Fox's crozier, the Moseley cup, and one of the ox-eye cups. (Click on the images to enlarge)

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