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The tankard is made in sterling silver and is beautiful in its simplicity.
There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is sure to make it a treasured piece by any discerning collector.
Excellent condition - please see photos for confirmation.
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Hester Bateman - The Queen of British Silversmiths (1708-1794) - was an English silversmith who successfully ran her family business for thirty years following the death of her husband. She was succeeded in turn by her sons, grandson and great-grandson and the Bateman family silversmithing company lasted until the middle of the nineteenth century.
She married in 1732 and had five children. John Bateman died of tuberculosis in 1760, leaving his tools to his wife in his will. She took over the family business and registered her first hallmark at the Goldsmith's Hall in 1761, simply "HB" in script.
From the time up to the late 1770s, not much Bateman work is known, possibly because she was supplying pieces other silversmiths that were subsequently overstamped with their marks. After about 1774, Hester Bateman worked to build up the business at 107 Bunhill Row, London with her sons John and Peter.They used the latest technology to produce their silverware as cheaply as possible and compete with other companies using Sheffield Plate.They used thin gauge sheet silver and machines to punch and pierce it.
The family specialised in household silverware in a neo classical style and she expanded their range to include many goods such as tea caddies, jugs, salvers, salt cellars, wine labels, trays and ink wells.It is characterised by bright-cut engraving, beading around edges and piercing. Bateman retired in 1790 and was succeeded by her sons.
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