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Antique William III Silver Lidded Tankard

Date: 1700

Maker: Gabriel Player

Country: England

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A very charming early English antique silver tankard with a flat lid. This small size is often termed a lady’s tankard. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain design and hand beaten silver. The tankard has a simple flat sided form and S scroll handle finishing in a decorative thumb piece. Uninscribed.

Contains 800 ml. Weight 636 grams, 20.4 troy ounces.

Height 15 cm (to top of thumb piece). Spread 17 cm. Diameter 10 cm (top), 9.7 cms (base).

London 1700.

Maker Gabriel Player. 

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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