Material and Medium: Britannia silver , silver gilt
Dimensions: Overall: 168 x 150 x 100mm (6 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 3 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1962.157
This is a tankard made of silver gilt. It was manufactured in Sheffield by Robert Gainsford, around 1827.
Silver gilt means an object made in solid silver which has been applied with a thin surface layer of gold. It was a very popular technique and many large objects which appear to be solid gold are actually silver gilt. Silver is much less costly than gold, as well as being lighter and strong. It also suffers much less from tarnish and thus gilded objects require less frequent polishing.
Robert Gainsford had a manufactory at Eyre Street in Sheffield city centre. He first registered as a ‘plate worker’ with Sheffield Assay Office in 1808. His maker’s mark ‘RG’ is clearly visible alongside the hallmarks on this piece.
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