A late 17th Century German silver-gilt tankard,
by Lukas Neusser, Augsburg circa 1630, and bearing early 19th Century Austro-Hungarian control marks for Brünn,
of tapering cylindrical form with bifurcated scroll handle and thumbpiece, cover with a later Roman soldier finial, armed with spear and shield upon a pedestal flanked by three scrolls, the cover and body chased with irregular scrollwork around pendent fruit on a snakeskin ground, plain skirted foot, the front with engraved armorial on oval shield flanked by the initials "A H", the interior of the cover finely enamelled at a later date with an ecclesiastical armorial boss (the enamel basically good, a few hairline cracks and a small chip to border), 27cm. high, 25.5oz.
- Should read early 17th Century