A Russian silver tankard, St Petersburg 1872, of baluster form, the sides with applied stylised stars, the circular centres with beaded surround, engraved inscription ?Prize to the Best horse stud of the Year. Height 20 cm, 1080gms total weight
engraving. The method of decorating or creating inscriptions on silver and other metal objects by marking the surface with a sharp instrument such as a diamond point or rotating cutting wheel.
tankard. A tankard is a drinking vessel used mainly for beer, with a hinged lid and a thumbpiece for raising the lid. Most tankards are silver, silverplate or pewter, but examples are also found in horn, ceramic, glass and hardstone. More decorative examples with elaborate carving are also found in ivory. In the 17th century, tankards usually had a flat lid, were of tapering cylindrical shape and were undecorated. In the 18th century the tankard bodies became bulbous, and the lids domed.
The buyers premium is an additional percentage charge on the hammer price of the item, imposed by the auction house to cover administrative costs. The buyers premium percentage varies between auction houses, with a range of 12.5% to 22%.