A large early English silver lidded tankard with a simple flat sided form and shallow domed lid. The S scroll handle finishes in a decorative thumb piece and has ornamental strap work. Britannia standard silver*. Uninscribed. The handle has an interesting set of owner’s initials, obviously the tankard has been passed down through successive family members. Good patina. There is a presentation inscription underneath. Contains 1400 ml. Weight 865 grams, 27.8 troy ounces. Height 19 cms (to top of thumb piece). Diameter 11.5 cms (top), 13.5 cms (base). London 1709. Maker Richard Gines.
This excellent tankard is in good condition with no damage or restoration. With a full set of clear English silver hallmarks to the lid and body, makers mark on the handle. Good patina. There is a slight mark inside where the handle meets the body. The bottom skirt is slightly “not round”.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
*Britannia Standard silver. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.