A good early English silver flat lidded tankard. Lovely plain design and hand beaten silver. The tankard has a simple straight sided form and S scroll handle finishing in a lozenge thumb piece. Hand engraved to the front there is a large decorative cartouche containing an armorial. Good patina. An interesting feature is the royal stamp for ‘William Rex’ on the reverse side of the body.
Contains 1075 ml.
Weight 759 grams, 24.3 troy ounces.
Height 18 cms (to top of thumb piece). Spread 19cms. Diameter 10.8 cms (top).
Maker Seth Lofthouse.
Britannia standard silver
Marks. Stamped with a fully matching and clear set of silver marks to the body and lid, handle with maker’s mark, a second makers mark has been struck to the body.
Maker: Seth Lofthouse
Seth Lofthouse, London silversmith, elder brother of Matthew Lofthouse, apprenticed to William Wakefield of the Merchant Taylor’s Company 1676. Freedom not recorded. Mark entered as largeworker in 1699. William Bellasis apprenticed to him in 1709. Listed as dead in the Haberdashers’ Company records of 1727.
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