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A rare English silver pegged tankard with six measuring pegs by John Jackson, Britannia mark, London 1701.

Flattened domed lid, lateral volute handle with heart-shaped ending, cylindrical body engraved with a coat of arms (Freeman), the bottom with inscription "Martha D."

840 g, h 18 cm. 


This rare English tankard features six vertical pegs to measure the amount of beer consumed as the tankard was passed around the table.


The tankard is fully marked with the Britannia silver mark, maker's mark, date mark for 1701 and Lion's head erased for London. The lid is also marked with four marks. The handle has the maker's mark.

In excellent condition with no issues.


John Jackson was the son of William Jackson of East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, and was apprenticed to Richard Dransfield for seven years from the 10th October 1674. He was then turned over to John Spackman after 1st September 1676, who was a plate worker, himself free of Roger Stevens. Jackson registered his mark in 1684. In the 1692 Poll Tax, he was in St Dunstan as with a wife and two servants. 

The probate of John Jackson demonstrates the position that the head of a workshop such as Jackson’s held domestically. The four story house at The Angel near Water Lane, Fleet Street, had furniture and linen valued at £91, “[t}he dining room had a table with eight chairs on the first floor, together with the best chamber furnished with ‘a crimson harateen bed lined with satin, a quilt of the same and six Dutch chairs’. On the next two floors were four chamber with bed hangings of serge, camlet and printed fabric.” Mitchell, D., Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London: their lives and their marks, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, (2017), p.377.

Other tankards recorded by Jackson

1685 – Christie’s 1919

1689 – Christie’s 1925

1690 – Ashmolean Museum, Schroder 2009, No 36

1690 – The Chomley Tankard, Christie’s 1963

1691 – Christie’s 1927

1694 – Christie’s 1920

1694 – Peg tankard, Parke Bernet New York, 1951 / Sotheby’s New York, 3 Nov 2004, Lot 283 ($4,182 incl. premim)

1699 – Bonham’s New Bond Street, 21 Nov 2007, Lot 293 (£6,240 incl. premium)

A William III Britannia silver peg tankard, John Jackson, London 1701

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