Antique William III Silver Lidded Tankard

Date: 1700

Maker: Hugh Roberts

Country: England

Stock Number: 8860

A rare and very charming early English silver flat lidded tankard. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain design and hand beaten silver. Small size (for a lady). The tankard has a simple flat sided form and S scroll handle finishing in a decorative thumb piece. Hand engraved to the front there is a decorative cartouche containing an armorial. The handle has engraved owners initials. Good patina. Contains 550 ml, 1 imperial pint. Weight 512 grams, 16.4 troy ounces. Height 14 cms (to top of thumb piece). Spread 16 cms. Diameter 10.4 cms (top), 9.7 cms (base). London 1700. Maker Hugh Roberts.

Literature: *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.

Signed/Inscribed: Engraved underneath with "WILLm & MARY DATE 1700". This tankard was probably in a private collection or museum.

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