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Newcastle. An extremely rare George III antique silver Tankard made in Newcastle in 1787 by John Mitchinson.


This very rare Tankard is modelled in a typical Newcastle design with the swirl lobed bands and flat top to the cover. This piece has a slightly tapering main body which is plain in design and stands on a stepped spreading base decorated with swirl fluting and reeded bands. The hinged domed cover also displays a swirl lobed band and rises to a plain domed section, with flat top. The scroll carrying handle displays a cast cipher thumb piece and pendant drop mouldings, in addition to terminating in a beautiful heart shaped motif, at the base, with bright cut border. The front of the main body is very finely engraved with a shield shaped Armorial, with Crest above, and banner below, all surrounded by a beautifully executed cartouche of pluming scrolls and floral sprays. The Tankard is in quite excellent condition and is fully marked on the main body, with the maker's mark on the handle and with the sterling mark and duty mark on the inside of the cover and, unusually, an additional duty mark on the outside of the cover. Margaret Gill's thesis also mentions such an item being sent for assay by John Mitchinson.

The Arms and Crest are those of two very ancient Scottish families, these being Moncrieff, created 1626, of Tullibole Castle, an image of which is shown, impaling the Bruce family of Kinloch. The Moncrieff's are of great antiquity and possibly descend through a female stem of the celtic Royal Dynasty. The name Moncrieff is derived from the Barony of Moncrieff in Perthshire. Their lands take their name from the Gaelic name Monadh Croibhe meaning hill of the sacred bough. Tullibole Castle is a 17th century castle in the Crook of Devon, a village in Perthshire. It was built by John Halliday in 1608. In 2012, a memorial was unveiled at the castle, commissioned by the current owner of the castle Rhoderick Moncrieff. It commemorates the Crook of Devon Witch Trials of 1662 where previous members of the Moncrieff family sent eleven people to their deaths because they were believed to be witches ! This is a particularly rare example of English Provincial silver.

Height: 8.75 inches, 21.88cm.
Length: 7 inches, 17.5cm.
Base Diameter: 5.25 inches, 13.13cm.
Weight: 33oz.