An early 19th century silver tankard unmarked, Sri Lanka or Burma circa 1831

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Lot 189
An early 19th century silver tankard
unmarked, Sri Lanka or Burma circa 1831

Sold for £ 5,687 (US$ 7,393) inc. premium
An early 19th century silver tankard
unmarked, Sri Lanka or Burma circa 1831
Slightly tapering form, the finial formed as a bird, the handle formed as a snake with scale texturing, the double-skinned body with applied figures and zodiac symbols, all on a lattice-work ground with scroll ornament, the underside of the base engraved 'Edward Coke, Lieutt 45th Reg and scratched 'Received Here 1831', height 21cm, weight 33.5oz.

Footnotes

  • Edward Thomas Coke (1807-1888) was educated at Shrewsbury and joined the 45th Regiment of Foot as an ensign in 1825. The Regiment, having been based in Sri Lanka, was then in Rangoon, engaged in the First Anglo-Burmese War. Coke was promoted to Lieutenant in 1827 and was later awarded the Army of India Medal with clasp Ava.

    In 1831 he returned to England and left shortly afterwards to travel to North America where he worked on his book 'A Subaltern's Furlough, which detailed and illustrated his travels there.

    He was later promoted to the Lieutenant-Colonelcy of the 1st Derbyshire Militia in 1853 and served with the Regiment during the Crimean war.
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An early 19th century silver tankard unmarked, Sri Lanka or Burma circa 1831
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