Antique George II Silver Lidded Tankard


Stock: 9379

Date: 1755

Maker: William Shaw And William Priest

Country: England

A handsome early English sterling silver lidded tankard with domed lid. Excellent plain design. The tankard has a simple straight...

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A handsome early English sterling silver lidded tankard with domed lid. Excellent 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. To the front is a hand engraved crest of a cockerel over a decorative scroll garland. Contains 1100 ml. Weight 728 grams, 23.4 troy ounces. Height 19.5 cm (to top of thumb piece). Spread 17 cm. Diameter 10.3 cm (top). London 1755. Maker Shaw & Priest.


A good quality tankard in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped with a fully matching and clear set of silver marks to the body and lid, handle unmarked. There is a shallow mark inside at the base of the handle where the handle attaches to the body, there is a small mark above which is original to the manufacture of the piece, neither mark is visible from the outside. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Maker Information

Maker: William Shaw And William Priest

William Shaw II, apprenticed to John Swift 1736, free 1748. First mark entered as largeworker 1749. Second and third marks, in partnership with William Priest, 1749 and 1759. William Priest (or Preist), apprenticed to Richard Gurney 1740, free 1749. First and second marks entered as largeworker in partnership with William Shaw in 1749 and 1759. Third mark with his brother James Priest in 1764; they worked together until 1773. The Shaw & Priest partnership specialized in making good quality holloware coffee pots, tankards and some salvers.

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