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An exceptional William & Mary Tankard, of large size, made in London in 1692 by Hugh Roberts.

£ 14,500

374075
This extremely fine piece is of a large tapering cylindrical form with a reeded skirted base. The "S" scroll handle rises to ribbed panels either side of the five lug hinge and the flat topped cover has a cast "corkscrew" thumb piece applied. The cover has a wide rim which is engraved with reeded bands and displays a wavy cut front. The base of the handle terminates in an unusual octagonal end.

This piece is a quite exceptional example, the finest we have ever offered of this size. It is unusual to find a tankard of this date, from London, with such a good colour and patination. It has never been engraved on the main body and has consistent hammer marks around the inside of the body including where the handles are joined. The marks are without doubt the finest which we have seen on a 17th century tankard, with a full set on the cover, side and a very clear maker's mark on the handle.

The reign of William & Mary was short, only lasting from 1689-1694, when Mary II died and King William went on to reign alone as King William III. The amount of silver from this short reign is therefore very rare. Work by Hugh Rpberts is extremely rare. He was apprentice to Augustine Dudley and had workshops in Newgate Street, when this Tankard was made.

Height: 7.5 inches, 18.75cm.
Base Diameter: 5.5 inches, 13.75cm.
Weight: 30oz.