George II Antique Silver Tankard
Maker: James Kirkup
English provincial silver. A good antique silver lidded tankard with domed hinged lid. Plain straight sided design with concentric rim...
English provincial silver. A good antique silver lidded tankard with domed hinged lid. Plain straight sided design with concentric rim and flared base. Decorative thumbpiece and strapwork to the handle. The front is uninscribed and there are owners initials inscribed on the handle. Good patina.
Contains 1100 ml.
Weight 791 grams, 25.4 troy ounces.
Height 18 cms. Spread 18 cm. Diameter of top 11 cm, base 13.6 cm.
Made by James Kirkup, active 1713-1753.
Marks. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks on the body next to the top of the handle, lid and handle unmarked (this is common for provincial silver of this date), the Newcastle mark and date letter are struck sideways.
Literature. 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 tankard is in very good condition. Good patina. There is a small mark where the thumbpiece meets the handle from use of wear over the years - this is generally considered a good feature.
Maker: James Kirkup
James Kirkup, Newcastle silversmith. Apprenticed to Eli Bilton and John Younghusband. free 1713. Died 1753 when his widow Jane Kirkup continued the retail business and his son John Kirkup took over the production.
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