An impressive early English silver tankard with straight sides and plain form. Britannia standard silver. Lovely hand beaten finish. Unusual large size. Good proportions and excellent colour. Contains 2 pints. Weight 525 grams, 16.8 troy ounces. Height 14 cms. Diameter of top 10.5 cms. London 1715. Maker mark rubbed.
This large and heavy tankard is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. The silver marks are good but the makers mark is rubbed which is more likely to happen with side struck marks. Uninscribed. 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. 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.