A large silver-gilt mounted hardstone tankard, circa 1610.

The tankard is of a type common in the 16th Century. It has a hinged lid and a rim mount and foot pierced with strapwork, further embellished with acanthus borders; a mask in relief appears on the front and the handle represents a harpie.
The tankard appears in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, an inventory recording an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter. In the section ‘Agats and other Stones’ is noted: ‘A Spleene Stone fflagon Garnisht with Silver Guilt’.


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