Provincial silver. A good antique sterling silver tankard with domed hinged lid and plain baluster design. The handle has attractive strapwork to the top and a heart shape decoration to the base. Good size. Contains 1,050ml. Weight 816 grams, 26.2 troy ounces. Height 22.5cm (to thumbpiece). Diameter 10.2cm (top). Spread 18 cms. Newcastle 1799. Maker John Langlands.
Biography – John Langlands I, 18th century Newcastle silversmith. For more than half a century the Langlands family were the largest manufacturers of plate silver in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. On the death of Isaac Cookson in 1754, two of his former apprentices, John Langlands I and John Goodrick, took over his business. Goodrick died in 1757 and in 1778 John Langlands I took John Robertson I as partner, a well respected partnership which was dissolved in 1795 two years after Langlands’ death. Langlands’ son John II continued the business until his death in 1804 when his widow Dorothy took over until her retirement in 1814.