It cannot be argued that beer tastes better taken out of a Georgian tankard (I know because I have a couple myself!). On offer here is a fine George II sterling silver tankard, of typical baluster form, with foliate capped handle, hallmarked for London 1735, maker's mark rubbed but probably 'IS', possibly for John Hugh le Sage. The foliate and scroll embossed decoration is later; but beautifully done. The armorial is somewhat rubbed but reads 'Dulce Periculum' (Danger is Sweet) and together with the image of a boot couped at the ankle and spurred, establishes this armorial as that of the Scottish families of M'Alla, M'Auley, Macauley and M'Call (see Fairbairn 'Book of Crests' mottoes page 20; and image 193.9) This tankard, which measures 12.5 cms (5 inches) in height and weighs 356g, comes in very good condition, commensurate with age; no splits or other faults, in fact hard to even find a ding, which is unusual. A very slight indentation on the top of the handle; another where the bottom rim meets the body, both inconsequential. Just needs a careful clean to get into the embossing. A lovely and functional piece of Georgian silverware that can still be used and enjoyed to-day.
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