George I silver tankard

George I silver tankard

£3,850

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2344

Fine and original early Georgian silver tankard with the classic stepped base, graduated domed lid and a simple moulded girdle applied around the body. The hinged silver lid features a cast scroll silver thumbpiece.

A tankard is a lidded drinking vessel. Unlidded drinking vessels with a handle are called mugs. Although it seems strange now to drink out of a lidded vessel, this was the norm until the second half of the 18th century. Perhaps this was because ceilings were not plastered underneath, so without a lid you stood the risk of having dirt, straw and spiders dropping into your ale.

Dimensions:

Height 175 mm / 7 14"
Diameter 115 mm / 4 34"
Weight 648 g (20.83 troy ozs)
Year

1726

Place

London

Condition

Excellent

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