Overall: 7 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/8 in. ( 17.8 x 14 x 20.6 cm )
Wrought silver tankard; circular body with straight sides tapered from applied, molded, baseband to an applied, molded, flared lip; stepped, flat cover with serrated flange at the front; rings inscribed around the edge of the lid; corkscrewed trefoil thumbpiece and a should molded hinge-plate; plain, scroll handle tapering at the lower joint and flaring at the terminus; engraved with the arms of the Sturgis family on the front center, gild chevron between three crosslets, two in chief, on at point in a shield surrounded by gold and foliate scrolls, surmounted by a talbot's head and rope, engraved in a banner below, "ESSE QUAM VIDERI" in roman letters; maker's marks stamped on the lid and to the right of the handle.
Bequest of Frank Knight Sturgis
Engraving: front center: the Sturgis family arms; gilt chevron between three crosslets, two in chief, on at point in a shield surrounded by gold and foliate scrolls, surmounted by a talbot's head and rope, engraved in a banner below, "ESSE QUAM VIDERI" in roman letters. Note: date of engraving undocumented, probably late 19th, early 20th century, American Hallmarks: Four marks stamped at upper right of body and on lid and indicate: sterling quality, maker's mark, letter/date of assayer, lion passant: partially obscured "H" in circular surround in relief Roman letter believed to relate to London maker John Hodson; lion's head, hallmark used to indicate sterling quality; lion passant indicates English origin; "M" in relief relates to letter date 1689-90. "H" also stamped in circular surround once on handle. Inscriptions: several numbers scratched into bottom: "7077" at center punch; "o o 27 / [in reverse] 3287/ss" at left.
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