A rare antique tankard made by Yorkshire silversmith Edward Mangie realised £17,000 at a recent Chester sale – £2000 above the upper estimate.
A sparkling silver tankard is the perfect centrepiece for a glass-fronted antique cabinet in Lancashire , with the advantage that it has a practical use. Few Lancastrian drinkers would be prepared to sup ale from an Edward Mangie tankard, however, as there are only four in existence, two of them in the Hull museum. A third, dated c.1680, recently turned up at Bonham’s with an estimated price of £10,000 – £15,000. Originally commissioned by the rector of St Mary’s Church in Beverley, Yorkshire, it was sold to a private collector in the North West.
Edward Mangie (1634-85) moved to Hull in 1660, the year of the Restoration of the Monarchy. At this time, people in Lancashire called antique cabinets court cupboards, and antique dining chairs back-stools. It was a fortuitous time for Mangie to arrive in Hull, however, a city with a long silversmithing industry, which had been severely affected by the pre-Restoration austerity measures. Mangie swiftly established himself as one of the city’s leading craftsmen, producing domestic, ecclesiastical and ceremonial silverware.
Despite its seemingly practical purpose, Mangie’s silver tankard would have been purely for show – a way of storing wealth in the days before banks.
It’s worth noting that the buyer who invested £17,000 to purchase it had a further 25 per cent buyer’s commission to pay on top. Whether it’s a silver tankard or an antique chest, a Lancashire antique dealer’s prices are always transparent and fair.
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