9710
Queen Anne Silver Tankard

Date: 1707

Maker: Seth Lofthouse

Country: England

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A rare and very charming early English silver flat lidded tankard. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain design and hand beaten silver. The tankard has a simple flat sided form, with one coopered band to the body, and an S scroll handle finishing in a decorative thumb piece. Uninscribed. The handle has engraved owners initials. Good patina.

Contains 1000 ml.

Weight 838 grams, 26.9 troy ounces.

Height 18.3cm (to top of thumb piece). Diameter 11.2cm (top), 9.7 cms (base).

London 1707. Maker Seth Lofthouse.

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.

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