A rare and very charming early English silver flat lidded tankard. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain design and hand beaten silver. Small size (for a lady). The tankard has a simple flat sided form and S scroll handle finishing in a decorative thumb piece. Hand engraved to the front there is a decorative cartouche containing an armorial. The handle has engraved owners initials. Good patina. Contains 550 ml, 1 imperial pint. Weight 512 grams, 16.4 troy ounces. Height 14 cms (to top of thumb piece). Spread 16 cms. Diameter 10.4 cms (top), 9.7 cms (base). London 1700. Maker Hugh Roberts.
Biography – Hugh Roberts (alias Humphreys), apprenticed to Augustine Dudley1672, free 1679. Mark entered as largeworker undated probably 1679 on commencement of register.
Signed – Engraved underneath with “WILLm & MARY DATE 1700”. This tankard was probably in a private collection or museum.