George III Antique Silver Tankard


Stock: 9560

Date: 1775

Maker: John Carter II

Country: England

A good quality antique sterling silver tankard of plain design with an attractive pierced thumb piece and bands of concentric...

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A good quality antique sterling silver tankard of plain design with an attractive pierced thumb piece and bands of concentric lines around the body (coopered decoration). Good size and weight. The lid has an unusual hinge mechanism. Gilded inside. The body is uninscribed, the lid has a hand engraved monogram topped by wings and a lions head.

Contains 1550 ml.

Weight 1346 grams, 43.2 troy ounces.

Height 18 cm (21.2 cm to top of thumb piece). Diameter of top 12.2cm.

London 1774.

Maker John Carter II.

Sterling silver

Marks. Stamped on both pieces with English silver hallmarks.

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 silver tankard is in very good condition. Good gauge metal and sturdy construction. The lid has some minor dinks.

Maker Information

Maker: John Carter II

John Carter, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark entered 1776 although records show that he was already supplying candlesticks to Parker & Wakelin by 1769. 2nd mark entered 1776 , the same day as the mark of Richard Carter and Robert Makepiece was entered at the same address. Although recorded as both goldsmith and manufacturer of large plate Carters main specialisation was on candlesticks and salvers.

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