Early 18th Century Norwegian Burr Birchwood Peg Tankard
Early 18th Century Norwegian Burr Birchwood Peg Tankard
Early 18th Century Norwegian Burr Birchwood Peg Tankard

Early 18th Century Norwegian Burr Birchwood Peg Tankard

c. 1720 Norway

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The gently domed hinged lid, carved in relief with a lion astride a spear, set within a foliate border of stylised tulips. Bears a scratch carved date of ‘1785’, which was probably added later – perhaps when given as a wedding gift (see below). The large handle with a thumb piece decorated with a crowned lion holding an orb between its front paws. With a scalloped handle with incised and carved decoration, finished with a leaf terminal. The underside carved with a flower.

Raised on three recumbent lion feet. The interior with ale drinking level marks.

Norwegian Ceremonial ‘Lion’ Peg Tankards: These tankards were made of silver as well as finely figured wood and the earliest date to the 17th century. The lion – the Royal Norwegian emblem – was often used as a national symbol on these tankards. In Norway, it was the custom for such ceremonial tankards to be used at wedding feasts. In some cases, they were used by subsequent generations of the original owner’s family, and so later dates and initials would be carved to the lids, as may be the case in this example.

As in this example, peg tankards received their name from the being marked inside with a series of pegs or pins, fixed into the interior at regular intervals. The tankards would have been filled with ale, cider or wine and then passed from hand to hand during the feast, each guest draining enough liquid until the next peg was showing. The generous proportions of the tankard and the size of each measure of alcohol suggest that it would have been rather difficult to stay sober.
Dimensions
Height 21.00 cm (8.27 inches)
Width 15.20 cm (5.98 inches)
Depth 18.50 cm (7.28 inches)
Stock Code
6295
Medium
Norwegian Burr Birchwood
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