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The tapered body of the tankard rests on a domed foot that is embossed with strapwork and clusters of fruit against a punched ground. The body is divided into three registers by two applied molded bands that are stamped with ovolo decoration. The central register is engraved with birds resting...

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Samuel Montagu (Lord Swaythling), sold Christie, Manson & Woods, London, May 6, 1924, lot 98, purchased by Crichton Brothers, London, sold anonymously (William Randolph Hearst) at Sotheby & Co., London, October 9, 1947, lot 152; Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 30, 1954, lot 160; purchased from Thomas Lumley, Ltd., London for £2,250 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 13, 1956) Notes: [1] MFA object numbers 56.1183 and 56.1184 were purchased together.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), about 1590–1600, hallmarked 1618–19

Object Place

London, England


H. 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.); W. 22.9 cm (9 in.); Diameter (of foot) 11.3 cm (4 7/16 in.); Weight 556 gm (17 oz 17 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt