English (London)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.); W. 17.8 cm (7 in.); Diameter (of base) 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.); Weight 745.3 gm (23 oz 19 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





The tankard has a flat base, tapering sides, and a flat hinged cover that extends over the front edge of the vessel. The thumbpiece is in the form of a scrolling bracket. The S-shaped handle is D-shaped in section and has an applied beaded rat tail extending half way down the handle from the hinge. The body of the tankard was raised and thickened at the rim. The thumbpiece was made in three sections. The handle is formed of two pieces, soldered along the edges, with a third piece forming the tail-piece. The exterior surface of the tankard has been mechanically buffed, and small pits indicare a previous engraved decoration on the cover.


Armorials: Engraved on center of body, the arms of Western quartering Shirley, for Thomas Western of Rivenhall Place, Essex, son of Thomas Western, MP, by Mary, sister of heir of Sir Richard Shirley, Bt, of Preston, Sussex. He died in 1765, aged 56. Engraved on cover, his crest.

Inscriptions: Engraved on base, TW in monogram; scratched on base, 25=2=0


On rim near handle, maker's mark BB a crescent below in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 143; rev. ed. 1989, p. 141) (repeated inside cover and on handle); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; date letter O


E. G. Raphael, Esq., by 1929; purchased from Thomas Lumley, Ltd., London, October 20, 1955, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour for 625 pounds British sterling (1833-1914).

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour