An excellent quality antique sterling silver tankard with hinged lid and straight sided design. Britannia standard silver*. The scroll handle has a ornate thumb piece, decorative strapwork and hand engraved initials (probably the original owner’s). To the front there is a large hand engraved cartouche containing a decorative monogram. Contains 1000 ml. Weight 775 grams, 24.9 troy ounces. Height (to top of thumb piece) 18 cms. Spread 17 cms. Diameter – top 12.3 cms, base 12.6 cms. London 1720. Maker William Darker. Fully marked inside lid and on side of body.
A good quality antique silver tankard in original condition with no damage or restoration. Good size and weight. Good patina. Clear silver hallmarks to inside lid and base. Makers mark and owners initials on the handle. The large monogram and cartouche still have good definition, just a little wear. The handle has two small dents either side of the top of the handle where the thumb piece has been touching for 300 years, there are a few more dents a bit lower down.
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.