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The cylindrical tankard has a domed and stepped foot with bands of twisted wire decoration above and below an embossed thistle pattern. The body of the vessel is made of birch, carved with three roundels enclosing figural scenes: a mermaid holding in her left hand a lute, in her right, a flower...

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Armorials: Chased on the cover, the arms of Crawford of Auchinames and of Drumsoy


On inside cover, maker's mark IB above a crescent and two pellets (similar to Jackson, 1921, p. 130; rev. ed. 1989, p. 128); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; date letter G


Sold Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, December 12, 1974, lot 151 [How (of Edinburgh), London], purchased January 8, 1975, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1664–65

Object Place

London, England


H. 20.6 cm (8 1/8 in.); W. 22.9 cm ( x 9 in.); Diameter (of base) 16.5 cm ( 6 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Birch with silver gilt mounts