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The silver-plated tankard was made by Elkington in Birmingham.
It has various marks. The use of a verification mark was compulsory on all vessels serving alcohol after the 1876 Weights and Measures act. The marks show that the tankard was assayed in Birmingham in 1897 and verified in Wimbledon.
It is inscribed SWR Refreshment Department on the base. The London & South Western Railway was sometimes shortened to just SWR.
It would have been used either in a Railway owned hotel or at, say, Waterloo Station.