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Excavated in 1837 together with a dagger from a part of Bodmin Moore at Rillaton, Cornwall, the Rillaton Cup is one of the rarest examples of early Bronze age gold. The land upon which it was found belonged to the Duchy of Cornwall, so on discovery the cup and dagger were presented to William IV as Treasure Trove shortly before he died. 

To complement the Royal Collection Season on the BBC Royal Collection Trust's Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Kathryn Jones, discussed the significance of the 3,000 year old cup, and how it was treasured by monarchs from Queen Victoria to George V, before being transferred to the British Museum on long term loan in 1936.

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