Spanish silver bernegal

For BADA 2023 Mayflower Antiques is putting together a special exhibition of Spanish and Portuguese colonial pieces. These rare items are from a period not really known about these days.  

Christopher Hamlyn of Mayflower Antiques is currently working on a book to accompany the exhibition. Amongst the items featured will be this fine and rare Spanish silver bernegal, marked on the side of the bowl for Zaragosa.

This form of drinking vessel, with handles and lobed edges to the top of the bowl, would have been passed around the table; the central spike designed for a bezoar nut, believed to possess magical power to prevent poisoning.

Spanish drinking cup


The piece is one of a collection of items that will be on at Mayflower Antiques Stand at the CADA Fair which opens to the public from November 17-19, 2023 at Compton Verney, Warwickshire. Click here for further details.



Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
CV35 9HZ
United Kingdom