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Made in London 1681 by the maker MK – a maker’s mark which is unidentified, but recorded in the third revised edition of English Goldsmiths And Their Marks by Charles Jackson, on a tankard of the same date – this small vessel weighs 13oz and is decorated with reeded edge and serrated
decoration to the front together with an engraved contemporary lady’s armorial in lozenge and plumed mantling. It was in good overall condition and had acquired a fine patination: an important consideration in silver of this date.

Estimated at £3500-5000, it sold to a commission bid left by a London dealer at £5500: the same price tendered for an Elizabeth I (and later) oak tester bed, 5ft 3in wide by 6ft high (1.6 x 1.83m) with a headboard having a frieze of carved
palmettes flanking a shield bearing the date 1624.