A rare early antique silver tankard with straight sides and a simple strap handle. Britannnia standard silver*. Small size and suitable as a childs christening mug. Typical decoration of the period with a high relief gadroon band around the centre, a reeded band around the base and 3 bands of hand engraved stars and loop motifs. Excellent colour. To the front is an vacant cartouche with scroll and fish scale decoration. Contains 240 ml. Weight 116 grams, 3.7 troy ounces. Height 9 cms. Diameter 6.5 cms (top), 7 cms (base). London 1705. Maker probably Matthew Cooper.
Biography – Matthew Cooper, son of William Cooper of Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, was apprenticed to Robert Cooper on 20th January 1693 for 8 years. Turned over on 19th May 1693 to Joseph Bird. First mark entered as largeworker, 2 May 1702. Address Foster Lane. Signatory as “working goldsmith” to the petition complaining of the competition of “necessitous foreigners not having served seven years of apprenticeship, February 1716. Son Robert apprenticed to him, 15 July 1725. His mark is usually found on candlesticks, as is his master Joseph Bird. He was church warden of St John Zachary in 1713.