Probably German fire gilt silver tankard, ca 1640-50. with hammered “snake skin” decoration. Cast handles and thumb piece. The thumb piece is a mermaid holding two dolphin tails. Usual in Nurenberg from the late sixteenth century. / This motif has its origin in North Italian bronzes in the early sixteenth century/
The hallmark is probably a cherub’s head with wings and above the mark an “incuse” N ….either a makers mark or perhaps the date letter.
The inside is with a shield with a courts of arms and double monogram, perhaps noting a marriage / In the sixteenth and seventeenth century tradition, tankards were given to the marrying couple and the monograms of the original family names and the arms of the husband to be, were engraved on./
Height of tankard , including finial on top:18 cm