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Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey tankard :1675

Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey tankard :1675
3 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

Full image caption

A silver tankard of tapering cyclindrical form on a moulded base with a scroll-handle, stepped cover and bifurcated kidney thumbpiece. The vessel is engraved with the Royal Arms of Charles II and below, those of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey, flanked by panoramic scenes of the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666 with related inscriptions in Latin. There are London hallmarks for 1675 with the maker's mark IN in a mullet below. The inscription in translation for the Great Plague reads: 'The gift of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey, an active and upright magistrate who, after having rendered invaluable service in checking the progress of the Plague, received from King Charles II with the consent of his Privy Council, a silver flagon to perpetuate the memory of his patriotic efforts.' Beneath this: 'By the Grace of God and the favour of King Charles II. Others' woes were his weal. E.B.G.1665'. On the other side, the inscription accompanying the scene of the Great Fire is: 'A man truly born for his country. When a terrible fire devasted the City, by the Providence of God and his own merit he moved in safety through the flames. Afterwards at the express desire of the King (but deservedly so), Edmund Berry Godfrey was created a Knight in September 1666. For the rest, let public report speak.'

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1675 AD - 1675 AD
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