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Miniature tankard

Miniature tankard

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1690-1691 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Manjoy, George (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Denton Welch

  • Museum number:

    M.49-1949

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 21

This miniature tankard is a toy. The term toy included any knick-knack or fashionable trinket for adults, as well as a child’s plaything. Silver toys like this one copied the exact details and proportions of normal sized pieces and came in a variety of subjects and sizes, ranging from domestic utensils to elaborate furniture.

There are several explanations for them. They might have been intended to furnish dolls’ houses. They might have been miniature trade samples. They might have been practice pieces for apprentices. They might have been fashionable novelties for adults to collect or they might simply have been playthings for rich children. In 1571, the daughter of Henry II of France ordered a set of small silver ‘pots, bowls, plates and other articles’ to give to a royal child.

The high point of production in London was the period 1700-1750. Because they were light and small, silver toys are not fully hallmarked. The form of the maker’s or retailer’s mark helps to date them.

Physical description

Silver, tapering with the lower part of the body chased with acanthus leaves, croll handle and flat topped lid with double volute thumpiece.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1690-1691 (made)

Artist/maker

Manjoy, George (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of GM for George Manjoy

London hallmarks for 1690-1

The initials M H scratched on the base

Dimensions

Height: 1.625 in, Width: 1.75 in

Object history note

Bequest - Denton Welch
Acquisition RF: 49 / 263

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1690-1, mark of George Manjoy

Labels and date

TANKARD
London, 1689-90
Mark of George Manjoy
Denton Welch Bequest
M.49-1949 [26/11/1996]

Materials

Silver

Subjects depicted

Acanthus

Categories

Children & Childhood; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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