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 (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

In the section ‘Agats and other Stones’ is noted: ‘A Spleene Stone fflagon Garnisht with Silver Guilt.’


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