A Charles II Antique Tankard

Francis Leake

Silver-Gilt Height 17.1 cm (6.7 in.) Fully Hallmarked London - 1673

This tankard was given as a Bequest by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Engraved with the Latin inscription “Legatum Amicissimi Reverandissimi in Christo Patris Thomae Nuper Cantuar Archiepi”. The inscription relates to a bequest in the will of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, dated 1715: “I give and bequeath unto the Rt. Rev. Father in God, Charles, Lord Bishop of Norwich, one of my gilt Tankards as also my gilt Caudle Cup and my silver shaving basin and ewer…".

Thomas Tenison (1636-1715) was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1694 to 1715. During the Great Plague in London he gained much credit for his care of the parish and was presented with a handsome piece of plate by the parishioners in thanks. In 1687 he preached the funeral sermon of Nell Gwynne, a royal mistress, in which he said much to her praise and represented her as a penitent soul. He became Archdeacon of London in 1689, Bishop of Lincoln in 1692 and finally Archbishop of Canterbury in 1695. His charitable endeavors included the erection, in 1695, of the first public library in London.

Dr. Charles Trimnell (1663-1723), was the Bishop of Norwich (1708-1721) and later Bishop of Winchester (1721-1723). His second wife was the daughter of Sir Edmund Winn, 2nd Bt. of Nostel, co. York. He died without surviving issue, the tankard then passing to his wife’s family, where it has remained ever since.

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