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Body and handle marked with maker’s mark IH and 2 fleur de lys in a lozenge, mark identified in Jacksons page 130 as that on the Dobbin tankard dated 1671*.
Lid stamped 4 times with makers mark only for Dorothy Grant, widow of William Grant, mark identified in Jacksons page 136 as that on a tankard dated 1681*.
Both IH and DG are noted as contemporary tankard makers.
*There are no precise records of silver makers marks prior to 1681 as all records were destroyed in the fire at Goldsmiths Hall in that year when the Assay Office and apartments of the Assayer and Clerk in the south west wing of the building were burned down.
Peg tankards have a long history in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. In England peg tankards were made from the mid-1650s through to the 1680s in York, Hull and other north-eastern towns with close cultural links with northern Europe. They usually follow the Scandinavian form, incorporating floral engraving and pomegranate feet. There is a plain example similar to this in the Metropolitan Museum of Art ref: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/195229