George I Silver Lidded Tankard

Date: 1720

Maker: William Darker

Country: England

Stock Number: 8510

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.

Literature: *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.

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