George III fluted silver tankard

George III fluted silver tankard

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Reference

1405

An unusual and substantial George III silver tankard with fluted sides and gadroon mounts. The cast handle is richly decorated with acanthus leaf caps and shell mounts.

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 205 mm / 8 12"
Diameter 110 mm / 4 "
Weight 1070 g (34.40 troy ozs)
Year

1813

Place

London

Condition

Excellent

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