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Made in Edinburgh

Silver tankard
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This silver tankard is one of the 'The Lion Tankards' - the only known pair of 17th century Scottish tankards. Made in 1685-6 by James Cockburn of Edinburgh, it takes its name from its lion-shaped thumb-piece.

The straight-sided tankard has a flat cushion lid and a 'C' shaped handle with shield-shaped terminals. The base, body and edge of the lid are decorated with applied rope mouldings.

James Cockburn was a prolific goldsmith. His work included the Edinburgh Horse Race prizes for 1687-89, a pair of candlesticks for the use of the Town and plate for at least 10 parish kirks.

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