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Tankard: MAR.M.88-1912

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Mansfeld, Christoffer II (Silversmith)


Silver, parcel-gilt; undecorated silver cylindrical sides standing on three claw and ball feet, the flat cover set with a plaque embossed with two coats-of-arms

Silver, parcel-gilt, embossed and chased. The undecorated silver cylindrical sides have a silver-gilt border at the top and an applied moulded rim. The three large silver-gilt claw and ball feet have acanthus leaf capitals. The flat cover is set with a heavily embossed silver plaque depicting two coats-of-arms on oval shields and crests within scrolling foliage mantling. On the plaque above the armorials is the engraved inscription, I(or F)H v Willen . AM Hetling. Round the rim is a silver-gilt embossed border of formal strapwork, leaves and flowers. The plaque is held in place with by a screw attached to the inside with a silver fruit and leaf shaped nut. The hollow D-shaped handle has an applied silver-gilt border of straps and flowers beneath an acanthus leaf. It terminates in two clusters of scrolls, and at the top is a large ovoid thumbpiece embossed with gadroons beneath a border of stiff leaves round a flattened ball. The interior is gilt.


History note: The families of J(or F)HV Willen and/or AM Hetling

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Weight: 1353 g
Weight: 43 : 10 oz : dwt

Place(s) associated

  • Reval (Tallinn) ⪼ Estonia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


First half of 18th Century
Circa 1715 CE - 1740 1740 CE


The arms and inscription indicate that the tankard celebrates a marriage or was made during the marriage

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface: composed of gold Base: Diameter 12.8 cm Diameter 5 in
To Top Of Finial: Height 21.3 cm Height 8⅜ in
Body: Decoration: Feet: Handle: Inscription:

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: I(or F)Hv Willen . AM Hetling
  • Location: On the plaque above the armorials
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Inscription

Inscription present: a cross

  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Town mark

Inscription present: 'C' over 'MF'

  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.88-1912
Primary reference Number: 159944
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 February 2019 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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