Antique William III Silver Lidded Tankard


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Object Description

A very charming early English silver flat lidded tankard. This small size is often termed a lady’s tankard. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain design and hand beaten silver. The tankard has a simple flat sided form and S scroll handle finishing in a decorative thumb piece. Uninscribed.
Contains 800 ml. Weight 636 grams, 20.4 troy ounces.
Height 15 cm (to top of thumb piece). Spread 17 cm. Diameter 10 cm (top), 9.7 cms (base).
London 1700.
Maker Gabriel Player.

Gabriel Player, London silversmith, apprenticed to John Hudson 1687, free 1696. Livery 1708. Mark entered as largeworker 1700.

Object Literature

*Britannia Standard. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.

Object Condition

The tankard is in good condition with signs of use. Stamped with a fully matching and clear set of silver marks to the body and lid, handle with maker’s mark. There has been an erasure to the front.
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

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

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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