A good antique sterling silver tankard with domed hinged lid and plain baluster form. Good size and weight. An unusual feature is the broad gadrooned foot with matching gadroon to the base of the handle. Attractive strapwork and shaped pierced thumbpiece to the top of the handle. Uninscribed. Contains 1165 ml. Weight 893 grams, 28.7 troy ounces. Height 21 cm. Diameter 10.3 cm (top). Spread 17 cm. London 1768. Maker Thomas Wallis I.
Biography – Thomas Wallis I, London silversmith, apprenticed to William Jones 1749, free 1756. 1st mark (2 sizes) as largeworker 1758. 2nd mark (2 sizes) 1763. Livery 1771.
Thomas Wallis II, London silversmith, son of Billers Wallis victualler, apprenticed to Thomas Wallis I in 1771, free 1779. 1st mark entered as plateworker 1778. 4 marks as bucklemaker 1780-89. Livery 1791. 6th mark as plateworker (2 sizes) 1792. 7th mark (6 punches) 1796. 8th mark (6 punches) 1801. 9th mark, 2 sizes, in partnership with Jonathan Hayne as plateworkers 1810. 10th mark, 3 sizes, 1817. 11th mark 1820. The partnership was dissolved in 1816 and in 1821 Jonathan Hayne entered his first mark. Died c,1818-22.
In 1836 Hayne’s son Samuel Holditch Hayne entered a new mark in partnership with Dudley Frank Cater (a former apprentice) as Hayne & Co., assuming full control of the firm after the death of Jonathan Hayne (1848).
This became Hayne & Cater and the firm was listed as merchants, manufacturers and wholesale silversmiths and silver spoon and fork makers from 1853 to 1864. Hayne continued the business after Cater’s retirement (1864) trading as Samuel Hayne & Co.
The firm declared bankruptcy on 1865.