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Tankard: MAR.M.87-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: uncertain




Silver, parcel-gilt; undecorated silver cylindrical sides standing on three ball feet, the low stepped cover engraved with a cipher beneath a coronet within a border of scrolling foliage and flowers

Silver, parcel-gilt, chased and engraved. The undecorated silver cylindrical sides have a silver-gilt border at the top and an applied moulded rim. The three large silver-gilt ball feet are cast with the crowned head of a woman within a wreath of foliage, and are attached to plaques depicting a young Bacchus within a scrolled border which includes cornucopia and flowers . The cover has one low step; in the centre is engraved a cipher beneath a coronet; the border is engraved with scrolling foliage and flowers. The hollow D-shaped handle has an applied silver-gilt border depicting a young Bacchus beneath two cornucopia. It terminates in two clusters of scrolls, and at the top is a large bud-shaped thumbpiece. The interior is gilt.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Weight: 1313 g
Weight: 42:4 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


17th Century, Late-18th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1700

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Base Diameter 13 cm Diameter 5⅛ in
To Top Of Finial Height 20.4 cm Height 8 in

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: AL
  • Location: On the plaque above the armorials
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Cipher
  • Text: LM
  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.87-1912
Primary reference Number: 159945
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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