When Blackmoor House near Selborne was being rebuilt in the 1860s for Sir Roundel Palmer, 1st Earl of Selborne, an enamelled beaker was found inside a large earthenware jar.

  • The Selborne Cup

It transpired to be part of a burial group which also contained a worn coin of Lucius Verus (AD 161-69). The intricate enamel design in polychrome enamel has cells of distinctive leaf-like shapes in what seem to be five colours – red, yellow, dark blue, turquoise and light green.

Named the Selborne Cup, the vessel stayed with the family until it was sold in 1975. Eight years later, it was bought by Hampshire County Council and is now on display at the Curtis Museum in Alton.

Where to find a selection of these items

Curtis Museum, High Street, Alton GU34 1BA