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Naval Interest. A very rare George III Tankard and Cover made in London in 1797 by John Robins.


The Tankard has a circular form with slightly tapering sides decorated with wide horizontal reeded bands. The domed cover terminates in a ball finial and is also engraved with reeding. The plain scroll handle has a raying scroll thumb piece attached to the top and a beautiful acanthus leaf moulding below. Most unusually the base is inset with a star cut glass panel, which is a very rare feature. It is thought that this was so the drinker could see enemies approaching through the base. The Tankard is also finely engraved on the front with a tall ship in full sail, which leads us to believe that it may well have been for the use of a high ranking naval official. The Tankard is in excellent condition and is fully marked on the side of the main body and on the cover. The interior displays exceptional gilding, which is always a sign of quality of production. Very few glass bottomed tankards were made and due to their fragile nature, very few survive in original condition.

Height: 7.75 inches, 19.38cm.
Base Diameter 4.5 inches, 11.25cm.
Weight: 31oz.