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William III Silver Tankard

Date: 1701

Maker: Humphrey Payne

Country: England

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A good early English silver flat lidded tankard. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain design and hand beaten silver. The tankard has a simple straight sided form and S scroll handle finishing in a decorative thumb piece. No engravings except the owner’s initials prick engraved to the handle.

Contains 900 ml.

Weight 624 grams, 20 troy ounces.

Height 10.5 cm (to top of thumb piece). Spread 18.5 cms. Diameter 10.5 cms (top).

London 1701.

Maker Humphrey Payne.

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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