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Tankards

Handsome antique silver tankards are very collectable. They make a stunning display and can be used and enjoyed over the passage of time. A perfect gift.

The term “Tankard” is traditionally used for a single handed drinking vessel with a lid. Antique silver tankards are usually much bigger than mugs and sometimes have a quart capacity or more. The earliest date at which the familiar shaped tankard occurs is circa 1640 although these are exceedingly rare.

The name ‘Peg Tankard’ is derived from the vertical row of cylindrical pegs soldered inside the tankard, used to measure the amount of alcohol drunk as the tankard was passed around the table. Each drinker could drink his allocated peg measure. The term ‘peg’ probably derives from the Danish measure ‘paegl’, roughly equivalent to a pint. Peg tankards have a long history in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. In England peg tankards were made from the mid-1650s through to the 1680s in York, Hull and other north-eastern towns with close cultural links with northern Europe. They usually follow the Scandinavian form, incorporating floral engraving and pomegranate feet. There is a plain example similar to this in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Tankards

Handsome antique silver tankards are very collectable. They make a stunning display and can be used and enjoyed over the passage of time. A perfect gift.

The term “Tankard” is traditionally used for a single handed drinking vessel with a lid. Antique silver tankards are usually much bigger than mugs and sometimes have a quart capacity or more. The earliest date at which the familiar shaped tankard occurs is circa 1640 although these are exceedingly rare.

The name ‘Peg Tankard’ is derived from the vertical row of cylindrical pegs soldered inside the tankard, used to measure the amount of alcohol drunk as the tankard was passed around the table. Each drinker could drink his allocated peg measure. The term ‘peg’ probably derives from the Danish measure ‘paegl’, roughly equivalent to a pint. Peg tankards have a long history in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. In England peg tankards were made from the mid-1650s through to the 1680s in York, Hull and other north-eastern towns with close cultural links with northern Europe. They usually follow the Scandinavian form, incorporating floral engraving and pomegranate feet. There is a plain example similar to this in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Circa 1626

     

    9780 German Parcel Gilt Silver Tankard

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    A fine early German silver gilt tankard of cylindrical form. Small size. Good weight. The body and cover are chased with scrolls and shells on a matted ground. Initials “IP” engraved to the cover. Contains 250 ml. Weight 294 grams. Height (to top of finial) 13.8 cm. Spread 12 cm. Diameter of base 12.3 cm. Marked on the lid and base with German silver marks for Augsburg 1624-1628. Maker Hans Kolb or Hieronymous Wolfgang Kern.

  • 1659

    Anthony Ficketts

    9875 Commonwealth Silver Tankard

    £15,950

    A rare early English silver flat top lidded tankard with a cast, kidney shaped thumbpiece. The S-scroll handle has a shield terminal. Circa 1640 is the earliest date at which this tankard shape occurs and it’s unusual to find a tankard from this turbulent period and early date. Very charming, with hand beaten silver, the tankard displays a lot of character; a nice feature is the pointed front of the lid. Hand engraved to the front with a flat topped shield within ostrich plume feathers, a popular style of engraving from 1660-1690. Contains 1300 ml. Weight 763 grams, 24.5 troy ounces. Height 16.3cm (to top of thumb piece). Spread 15.7 cm. Diameter 11.4cm (inside top), 13.3 cm (base). London 1659. Silver from this period is very rare. Maker Anthony Ficketts, attribution by David Mitchell “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”. Sterling silver.

  • 1686

    Thomas Cooper

    9938 James II Antique Silver Tankard

    £9,500

    A fine and rare early English sterling silver tankard with a flat hinged cover. Excellent size and quality. Good patina. With a scroll handle, decorative thumb piece and shield shaped terminal. A fabulous collector’s piece and still able to be used. To the front is a crisp armorial hand engraved within plumage feathers, in keeping with the period. An excellent example of early hand beaten silver with lots of character. Contains 1400 ml. Weight 731 grams, 23.5 troy ounces. Height 15.3cm, 17.5cm (to top of thumbpiece). Diameter 12cm (top), 13.5cm (base). Spread 20.5cm. London 1686. Maker “TC, a fish above” probably Thomas Cooper, attributed by David Mitchell. Sterling silver.

  • 1697

    John Sutton

    9860 William III Silver Tankard

    £13,750

    Outstanding quality and unusually large quart size. A rare early English silver flat top lidded tankard in Britannia standard silver with a scroll handle and decorative thumb piece. To the front is a large hand engraved armorial capped by the crest of a griffin. To the top of the handle there is a set of prick engraved owners initials. An excellent example of early hand beaten silver with lots of character.Contains 2500 ml, a hefty quart capacity (1 quart = 2 pints). Weight 1420 grams, 45.6 troy ounces. Height 23 cm (to top of thumbpiece). Spread 25 cm. London 1697. Maker John Sutton.

  • 1701

    Humphrey Payne

    9599 William III Silver Tankard

    £4,750

    A good early English antique silver tankard with a flat lid. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain design and hand beaten silver. The tankard has a simple straight sided form and S scroll handle finishing in a decorative thumb piece. No engravings except the owner’s initials prick engraved to the handle. Contains 900 ml. Weight 624 grams, 20 troy ounces. Height 16.4 cm (to top of thumb piece). Spread 18.5 cms. Diameter 10.5 cms (top). London 1701. Maker Humphrey Payne.

  • 1705

    William Denny

    9945 Queen Anne Antique Silver Tankard

    £7,500

    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. London 1705. Maker William Denny.

  • 1733

    Richard Burcombe

    9090 Antique George II Silver Lidded Tankard

    £1,950

    An antique silver tankard with domed lid. Lovely plain design. The tankard has a simple straight sided form, the body with a concentric reed ring to the base of the handle, the S scroll handle finishes in a decorative thumb piece. Uninscribed. Good patina. Owners initials hand engraved to the top of the handle. Contains 800 ml. Weight 587 grams, 15.5 troy ounces. Height 16 cms (to top of thumb piece). Spread 16.5 cms. Diameter 9.7 cms (top). London 1733. Maker Richard Burcombe. Sterling silver.

  • 1770

    W & J Priest

    8561 George III Antique Silver Lidded Tankard

    £1,750

    A good antique sterling silver tankard with domed hinged lid. Plain straight sided design with concentric rim and flared base. Acanthus decorated thumbpiece. There is a large contemporary monogram to the front in old fashioned cursive script. Contains 850ml. Weight 571 grams, 18.3 troy ounces. Height 18 cms. Spread 16 cms. Diameter of top 10 cms, base 11.25 cms. London 1770. Maker W & J Priest.

  • 1772

    Charles Townsend

    9175 Antique Irish Silver Lidded Tankard

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    A very large size George III antique silver tankard of baluster form with a domed lid. Sterling silver. Good plain style. The handle has ornamental strapwork topped by an attractive thumbpiece. To the front there is a large hand engraved armorial within a decorative cartouche. Contains 1480 ml, 3 pints. Weight 1104 grams, 35.4 troy ounces. Height 23 cm. Spread 18 cm. Diameter of top 11.2 cm. Dublin 1772. Maker Charles Townsend.

  • 1792

    Charles Godbehere

    9716 George III Antique Silver Tankard

    £1,650

    A good quality antique sterling silver tankard with domed lid, straight tapering form and a centre ring to the body. The curved handle has ornamental strapwork and a decorative pierced thumb piece. The front is uninscribed and there are owners initials to the handle. Contains 850 ml. Weight 737 grams, 23.6 troy ounces. Height 20.5cm. Spread 17cm. Diameter of top 9.7cm. London 1792. Maker Godbehere and Wigan.

  • 1799

    John Langland

    9409 Antique Newcastle Silver Lidded Tankard

    £1,950

    Provincial silver. A good antique sterling silver tankard with domed hinged lid and plain baluster design. Sterling silver. The handle has attractive strapwork to the top and a heart shape decoration to the base. Good size. Contains 1,050 ml. Weight 816 grams, 26.2 troy ounces. Height 22.5cm (to thumbpiece). Diameter 10.2cm (top). Spread 18 cms. Newcastle 1799. Maker John Langlands.

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