A good quality English sterling silver lidded tankard with domed lid. Plain baluster design form, the body with a concentric reed ring to the base of the handle, the S scroll handle finishes in a decorative thumb piece. Uninscribed. Good patina. Contains 1000 ml. Weight 775 grams, 24.9 troy ounces. Height 19.2cm (to top of thumb piece). Spread 16cm. London 1745. Maker Richard Gurney and Thomas Cooke.
Biography – Thomas Cooke II, apprenticed to Richard Bayley 1719, free 1726. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1727. 2nd mark in partnership with Richard Gurney 1727. 3rd mark as Gurney and Co 1734. 4th mark 1739. 5th and 6th marks 1749 and 1750. Livery 1739. Court 1752.
Richard Gurney, apprenticed to Richard Bayley 1717, free 1724. Mark entered as largeworker in partnership with Thomas Cooke II 1727. 2nd mark as Gurney and Co 1734. Livery 1737. 3rd mark 1737. 4th mark 1749. Warden 1763, 1764 and 2765. His younger brother John was apprenticed to him 1730.