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Tankard: C.138-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified English glasshouse




Lead-glass tankard with engraved foliage, and inscriptions ‘HB’ and ‘Fawthorp’

Colourless lead-glass, blown, and engraved. Cylindrical with an almost vertical 'skirt', an applied band round the middle, and a strap handle with a tooled terminal and small kick at the lower end. Engraved above the band are the script initials 'HB enclosed by curving sprays of foliage extending to left and right towards the handle. Below the band is the name 'Fanthorp' with on each side of it a large scrolling stylized leaf.


History note: Howard Phillips, London, from whom purchased, February, 1978; Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew's, Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January)

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.7 cm
Width: 13.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1755 : possibly later

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Components of the work

Foot Diameter 10 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: HB and Fawthorp
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.138-2015
Primary reference Number: 206832
Old object number: 9
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.138-2006
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Created: Tuesday 6 October 2015 Updated: Monday 14 May 2018 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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