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Tankard: C.6 & A-2001

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)




Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue, and a little red. There are several 'pinholes' in the glaze on the interior and exterior. Cylindrical with a loop handle which has a vertical depression, and a slight, stumpy kick at the lower end. The circular cover has a narrow sloping rim, a domed centre, and a mushroom-shaped knob. Inside there is a circular flange which fits inside the tankard. The front of the tankard is decorated with a circular castellated tower with an arched doorway and portcullis, which has on its pointed roof, a flag pole topped by a crown and cross, flying a flag with the arms of London, a red cross on a white ground. Below the tower are the initials 'C/T . H' over '1660'.


History note: Hext, Trenarren, St Austell, Cornwall; John Hext, Exeter; his widow, Jean M. Hext.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Jean M. Hext

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.9 cm
Width: 15.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2001-04-30) by Hext, Jean M.


Mid 17th century
Charles II
Production date: AD 1660 : dated 1660


Probably made at the Pickleherring pottery in Southwark. It has a pair, C.1423 & A-1928

This tankard and cover were made for a couple whose surname began with C.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours
Cover Diameter 13.1 cm

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: C/T H over 1660 in between the T and H is a star shape made up of six dots

  • Text: C/T H/1660
  • Location: Below the tower
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6 & A-2001
Primary reference Number: 29487
Entry form number: 153
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 August 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

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

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