- Museum number
Object: Lord Burghley's Tankard
Object: Burghley Tankard
Tankard formed of a tube of clear glass, mounted in silver gilt, embossed and chased. The lid is embossed with three masks on wing-like cartouches, with swags of fruit and birds between; in the centre a disk standing free containing a circular medallion enamelled with the arms of Lord Burghley on a crimson ground within a Garter: thumb-piece in the form of an escutcheon, having on the inner side an enamelled shield with Lord Burghley's crest; on the outer, a vase of flowers; ogee-shaped handle engraved on the flat outer side with linear scrolls and a standing figure of Justice. The mounts at top and bottom are ornamented with repetitions of oblong stamps with pairs of cranes fighting; three ball-and-claw-feet; beneath the foot is engraved a lily. Inside the cover delicately engraved scrolls within a wreath.
- Production date
- 1575 (circa)
Height: 21.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Read and Tonnochy 1928, 'Catalogue of Silver Plate' (Franks Bequest):
A feature in the make of this vessel is that the glass is a mere tube with both ends open: it may well be that this is an essay in the production of crystal glass in England, and that the manufacturer had not yet attained to the skill necessary for closing one end of such a tube neatly enough for use as a vessel.
The arms are (I, 6) "Barry of ten arg. andaz. over all six escutcheons sa., each charged with a lion ramp. of the first (Cecil). (2) Party per pale gu. and az. a lion ramp, holding a tree trunk eradicated ppr. (Winston). (3) Sa. a plate between three castles arg. (Carlyon). (4) Arg. on a bend cotised gu. three cinquefoils or (Eckington). (5) Arg. a chevron erm. between three chess rooks gu. (Walcot)" ('Proc.Soc.Antiq'.,2nd S. II, 70).
The crest on the thumb-piece, a garb or, supported by two lions, the dexter arg. the sinister az., is also that of the Winston family, whose coat forms the second quartering of Lord Burghley's shield.
The jug is described and figured in Jackson, 'English Plate', II, p. 777, fig. 1010.
- On display (G46/dc6/s3/sh2)
- Exhibition history
2013-2014 Oct-Jan, London, National Portrait Gallery, Elizabeth I and her People
1988-1989 12 Oct 8 Jan, Belfast, Ulster Museum, Armada, 1588-1988
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number