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A Large Irish Covered Tankard

A Large Irish Covered Tankard

By John Smyth
Dublin, 1874

Stamped 'Waterhouse', Helsinki 1928 import marks

Height 46cm,
Diameter 22cm,
Weight 107oz.
 

Of cylindrical form, the hinged domed cover with open scroll thumbpiece, topped by a large cast finial of a traditionally dressed sailor singing, seated on a coiled ship's rope, opening to reveal a cavernous gilt interior, to the exterior a leaf-capped double-scroll handle with acanthus leaf terminal, to the opposite side a flared spout with an embossed classical mask of a bearded male to its base, an applied oval armorial plaque below for the 'LEIGHTON' family and the family motto 'DREAD SHAME', the whole elaborately embossed with flowers, fruit, foliage, diaper-work and 'C' scrolls in both high and low relief, an inscribed cartouche to one side in Finnish to 'Walter Petterson' from 'The Association of Finnish Stevedores', on a domed spreading circular base.
 

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