This Tankard was a gift to my Father-in Law from the pianist Myra Hess, to thank him for his help in the practical side of putting on the Lunch- time concerts at the National Gallery by Myra Hess during the Second World War.
My Father in Law was on the staff of the Gallery from the 1930s until he retired in the late 1950s.
The inscription on the tankard reads:
MY MOST FAITHFUL FRIEND
The name Myra Hess is a facsimile of her signature
The most valuable pictures in the Gallery were taken to Wales for safe keeping during the war, which left some of the rooms empty or nearly so. Myra Hess organised these free lunch-time concerts to boost the morale pf the people of London, especially during the Blitz. She got a lot of musicians to come to play at them, some well known at the time, and others who have become well known since.
I also have an autograph book that my Father-in-law had, in which he got the musicians to sign their names.