Charles II Silver Lidded Tankard


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Object Description

An early English sterling silver flat lidded tankard with the ribbed and engraved decoration popular at the end of the 17th century. To the front there is a hand engraved armorial within a large cartouche and the motto “Labor et Justitia” below. Owners initials engraved to the handle. Weight 694 grams, 22.3 troy ounces. Contains 1100. Height 16.5 cms (to top of thumbpiece). Spread 19.5 cms. Diameter 12.5 cm (top) 12.5 cm (base). London 1680. Maker John Ruslen.

Biography – John Ruslen, London silversmith, apprenticed to Thomas George 1656, free 1664. Livery 1682. Court 1693. Warden 1702, 1707-8. Prime warden 1722. 1st mark as largeworker, pre Britannia period, c1697

Object Condition

This rare antique silver tankard is in good condition with minor faults. Stamped with a full set and matching of English silver hallmarks to both lid and body, maker’s mark on the handle. The engraving is crisp. An attractive feature is the blobby mercury solder underneath which is completely original in the manufacture. There are a few dents and scratches on the handle. Repair to the lid where it joins the handle (see photo).

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

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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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