TSAR VERY MUCH Russians Return King; Russians Return King James's Warwick Cup to UK for Exhibition

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TSAR VERY MUCH Russians Return King; Russians Return King James's Warwick Cup to UK for Exhibition


Byline: Helen Thomas NEWS REPORTER

A CUP given to King James I in Warwick nearly 400 years ago before being presented to a Russian Tsar has been returned to Britain for an exhibition.

The gilded silver Warwick Cup, decorated with engraved leaves, fruit and shells, was given as a gift to the king in September 1617.

James I was on a tour through Coventry and Warwickshire and received the cup at the Lord Leycester Hospital.

It was a present from Sir Fulke Greville, a poet, courtier and Chancellor of the Exchequer, who was later made 1st Baron Brooke.

Three years later the cup was given as a gift to Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich and has remained in Russia ever since.

Now the cup is being displayed at London's Victoria & Albert Museum in an exhibition called Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars.

A spokesman for the museum said: "The Warwick Cup's survival is remarkable.

During the English Civil War, royal silver was melted down by Parliamentarians, but this example was preserved as it was safely held in the Tsar's treasury in Moscow."

The cup is believed to be one of only two surviving gifts given to James I during his 1617 tour.

It was made by Thomas Francis and it bears the Royal Arms of James I as well as the engraved device of Warwick. …

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