Extremely rare provincial silver. A large early English silver peg tankard with flat lid and a vertical row of six pegs inside. Good patina. Scandinavian form* and decorative pomegranate feet and thumb piece. Uninscribed. Contains 1600 ml. Weight 733 gms, 23.5 troy ounces. Height 19 cms (to top of thumb piece). Diameter 12.5 cms (lid). Fully marked on the body and lid. Sterling silver. Newcastle 1672. Makers mark “ID” for John Dowthwaite – see Jacksons page 492*.
Biography – John Douthwaite, a prominent seventeenth century Newcastle goldsmith. His work, although stamped with the Newcastle town mark, is pre-assay office. The Newcastle assay office was opened in 1702.