The Lushington Tankard, 1675. Private Collection

The Lushington Tankard, 1675. Private Collection

The Lushington Tankard
London, England
1675
Silver
Private Collection

Celebration and Commemoration: The Lushington Tankard

The Lushington Tankard was commissioned to commemorate the charitable efforts of Sir Edmund Berrie Godfrey during the Great Plague of 1665 and the Fire of London in 1666. Charles II rewarded Sir Edmund with 800 ounces of silver from which he made six such tankards. The tankard bears the arms of both Charles II and Sir Edmund. The engravings and inscriptions on one side commemorate Sir Edmund's 'invaluable service' during the great plague; on the other they celebrate the awarding of his knighthood in September 1666 following the Fire of London.