An extremely large and imposing silver lidded tankard of tapering cylindrical form with a coopered band to the body. Britannia standard silver*. The embossed vertical fluting and bands of hand chased matted decoration are typical of the period. To the front is a hand engraved armorial within a large decorative cartouche. An unusual feature is the double thumb piece which attaches to both the handle and the lid. The handle has engraved owner’s initials. Good patina.
Contains 1750 ml.
Weight 1325 grams, 42.6 troy ounces.
Height 21.2cm (to top of thumb piece). Diameter 12.8cm (top). Spread 23cm.
Maker William Denny.
Marks. Stamped on the body and lid rim with a full set of matching English silver hallmarks. The handle with maker’s mark.
William Denny, London silversmith, apprenticed to William Harrison 1670, free 1679. Mark entered as largeworker, with John Bache, undated probably 1697. Another mark, his own, is also undated.