at the edges AND NO DENT WHERE ‘LID STOP’ HITS THE HANDLE — THIS PIECE , ON EBAY, WAS DATED “1846” – SO AFTER 160 YEARS OF USE THERE WOULD BE SOME GAPS IN BETWEEN THE HINGES ! ) A Circa 1810 tankard with a good indication of the uncleaned / polished area just around the thumblift.
One can also see the gaps between the hinge parts; not as wide a gap as those found on original 16’s pieces. THE PIECE HAS A LARGE RELIEF ROSETTE IN THE BOTTOM – SOME OLDER SERVING STEINS DID HAVE THESE – BUT THE ORIGINALS ARE ‘NORMALLY’ ABOUT THE SIZE OF A NICKEL UP TO THE “INDIAN” SILVER DOLLAR,….  “VERY, VERY , VERY FEW” MARKS OF “95%” (OR OTHER NUMBERS CLOSE BY, SUCH AS JUST BELOW) WERE EVER USED ON ANTIQUE PEWTER. — BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS WHILE LOOKING AT LIGHT WEIGHT STEINS MARKED WITH DATES FROM 1810 TO ABOUT 1860.
It is usually un-lidded and has a handle and is for drinking out of. – generally it is as described above but with a working lid. It can be lidded or un-lidded, with or without a spout, with or without a handle and is used to pour liquid into other containers to drink out of.
WHAT SOME VERIFICATION MARKS MIGHT MEAN AND HOW TO What is a drinking mug?
This began for me as a hobby but I will come back to this subject at a later date, because todays post is about Pewter Tankards. Yes that looks better you may think,but now try a couple of pewter tankards and you will see what I mean. If champagne should always be drunk from a silver tankard,then beer should be drunk from a pewter one,ideally with a glass bottom,so you can see if any enemy comes through the door while you are drinking; We are talking about past days of course.
Nothing looks better than pewter on old oak furntiture. Take any black oak sideboard or dresser and try a couple of pieces of silver on it. Or as another version has it so that if the recruiting sergeant or the press-gang leader drops the monarch’s shilling into your mug you will spot it before you finish your beer and will not find yourself an unwilling conscript.
Charles ll,as one of his many methods of aquiring wealth without recourse to Parliament ,took to annexing the silver of his nobles,who tended to replace it with pewter, rather than risk losing the replacements the next time the King came to dinner.
It was, however some years before the merry monarch ascended the throne,about 1635 in fact, that pewterers began to use marks, in addition to their own touch marks,which are very similar to silver hallmarks-causing therby much wrath and so little litigation on the part of the Goldsmiths’ Company.
As a work of Art the front is finely balanced in all aspects and very pleasing – it is a shame that there are so many wear marks and age spots - as for a serious (and more anxious) collector it is less than perfect – but if perfect would it ever have been used?
He died in 1688 – certainly his will was proved then.
To me, here we have a piece of Pewter that is an Art Work in itself.
The first English pewter is Romano-British and dates back as far as the year 400 B. Then suddenly, for no apparent reason,this delightful alloy,comprising 90 per cent Cornish tin and 10 per cent lead,copper or antimony,fell out of favour and did not make its re-appearence until the 14th century.
Pewter tankards began to make an appearence during the 16th century..
Tankards,flagons and similar items are, however, datable by shape, and any markings which provide confirmation and additional information are all things to look for if you are contemplating starting a collection.