A rare early antique silver tankard with straight sides and a simple handle. Britannnia standard silver*. Charming small size and suitable as a child’s christening mug. Typical decoration of the period with a body and three embossed bands of decoration around the centre. Excellent colour. To the front is an engraved crest on a shield within a decorative cartouche of ribbons and harebells. Contains 1930ml. Weight 193 grams, 6.2 troy ounces. Height 9.2cm. Diameter 6.5cm (top). Spread 10.5cm. London 1716. Maker Richard Bayley.
Biography – Richard Bayley was apprenticed to Charles Overing in 1699 and turned over to John Gibbons in 1704. Free 1706. First mark entered in 1708 at Foster Lane, London, 2nd mark 1720, third mark 1732. Warden of the Goldsmiths Company 1746-8. Prime warden 1751*. He was known for his good plain hollow-ware such as tankards, jugs, tea and coffee pots.
His son, Richard, was apprenticed to Samuel Spindler in 1713.