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William Eaton

A George III Silver-Gilt Tankard

William Eaton

A George III Silver-Gilt Tankard

London, 1805
Maker’s mark of William Elliot

Height: 20 cm, 7.8 in
Weight: 1,878 g, 60 oz 7 dwt


Exceptional for its sheer gauge and presence. It is particularly worth noting the fine quality and depth of the cast and applied bacchic frieze that forms the decorative scheme of this piece.

The lid with a cast battle scene, the sides applied with further bacchic putti, the scroll handle with open-work thumbpiece and a cast and applied Bacchic mask. The tankard resting on a plain skirted foot.
 

No record of his apprenticeship or freedom. Perhaps identifiable with, or the son of the William Eaton who entered a mark as bucklemaker, 19 March 1781. Address: 6 Albion Buildings, Aldersgate Street. Second mark as such, 22 April 1784. Address: 3 Adle Street, Wood Street, with further marks 1786 and 1801 without change of address. First mark as plateworker entered 18 May 1813. Address: 30 Addler Street. Second mark, 5 March 1824. Third, 18 October 1825. Moved to 16 Jewin Cresent, Jewin Street, 20 December 1825. Fourth mark, 5 September 1828. Moved to 2 Lovels Court, Paternoster Row, 10 December 1828. Fifth mark, 31 December 1828. Sixth, 30 September 1830. Seventh as spoonmaker, 2 January 1834. Eighth, 27 January 1836. Ninth, on removal to 16 Jewin Cresent, 2 June1837. Tenth mark, 22 February 1840. New Manufactory at 32 Banner Street, St. Luke's, 1 October 1844. Although only styled spoonmaker from 1834 onwards it seems probable that this was his special trade. The address in Lovels Court in 1828 suggests a connection, if only temporary, with the firm of Eley, Fearn and Chawner at the next number

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