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Tankard: M.3-2006

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Payne, John (silversmith, fl. 1733-99)




Silver; covered tankard

Silver, raised, with a low moulded foot, and pear-shaped body with an applied horizontal moulding about a third of the way up. The raised and seamed scroll handle has a heart-shaped lower terminal and a cast lambrequin motif at the top below the hinge. The tall stepped and domed cover has an openwork thumbpiece.


History note: Purchased about fifty years ago by the donor's late husband, Kenneth Henry Bolton, at a private house auction in Banbury,

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Hazel E. Bolton in memory of her husband Kenneth Henry Bolton

Measurements and weight

Weight: 730 g
Weight: 23 : 9 oz : dwt

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-01-30) by Bolton, Hazel Elizabeth, Mrs


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Between 1761 CE - 1762 CE

Components of the work

Foot Diameter 11 cm Diameter 4⅜ in
To Top Of Cover Height 21 cm Height 8¼ in
From Rim To Handle Width 17.2 cm Width 6¾ in

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Raising (metal forming process) : Silver, raised, with an applied horizontal moulding, and a cast lambrequin at the top of the handle

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: leopard's head

  • Location: On base and inside lid
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On base and inside lid
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: gothic

  • Text: f
  • Location: On base and inside lid
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: script 'IP'

  • Location: On base, inside lid and on handle (indistinct)
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-2006
Primary reference Number: 126015
Entry form number: 803
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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