Antique Augsburg Silver Lidded Tankard


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Object Description

A fine early German silver gilt tankard with pretty embossed decoration with bands of hearts, flowers and classical motifs. On top there is a cast model bird finial. Lovely original bright gilding. Contains 380 ml. Weight 387 grams, 12.4 troy ounces. Height 14 cms. Spread 14 cms. Diameter of lid 9.1 cms. Top 8.8 cms, base 10.2 cms. Marked on the lid and base with German silver marks for Augsburg circa 1720. Maker Philipp Stenglin.

Object History

Augsburg’s wealth originated in Roman times when its sophisticated canal system facilitated trade in salt and silver. This route to Rome developed, over the centuries, into a main trading route.

By 1276 trade and banking were so important to this otherwise ordinary town that the burghers of Ausburg were able to make their home into a Free Imperial City. The local municipal government was able to make its own plans, raise its own taxes and legislate for its own laws.

The town’s wealth continued to grow, peaking in the 16th and 17th centuries, due to the export of gold and silver art, armour, the establishment of textile manufacturing, and the city’s continuing role in banking and finance. Wealthy, cultivated and powerful families became wonderful patrons of gold and silver art objects. And the demand must have been endless. Even when Augsburg had only 30,000 inhabitants, some 260-275 of them were occupied full time as master gold and silversmiths.

Object Condition

This lovely antique parcel gilt cup is in very good condition with no damage or repairs. German silver marks on the foot.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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