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made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Tankard.
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This silver tankard, dated 1705-6, was made in Edinburgh by Alexander Forbes.

The slightly tapering straight-sided body is set on a moulded foot. The domed-lid is attached to the scroll handle by an acanthus leaf thumb-piece.

Forbes was admitted to the Edinburgh Incorporation of Goldsmiths in 1692 after paying an extra entrance fee. Tankards seem to have been his speciality - he made one for the Marquess of Tweeddale in 1697 and one for the Earl of Traquair in 1707.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-177-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1568
Date: 1705 - 1706
Material: Silver. Inscription: On base: { } AF; castle; P [script]; A
Dimensions: 260 mm H x 170 mm base D x 127 mm lip D
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Alexander Forbes, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
James Penman, assay master
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Dome lidded silver tankard with simple rib moulding round the body, thumb-piece in the form of an acanthus leaf and an S-shaped handle, by Alexander Forbes, Edinburgh, 1705 - 1706
  • Dalgleish, G. & Maxwell, S. The Lovable Craft 1687-1987: An Exhibition to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Royal Charter of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh. NMS: Edinburgh; 1987 p 31 
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