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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
With a well carved lion finial the whole resting on four lion feet
The handle with a 19th century replacement end detail
Rich dark smooth and lustrous patina
First half 18th Century
Size: 25cm high, 24.5cm dia. – 9¾ ins high, 9½ ins dia
The tankards were often marked inside with a series of pegs or pins and would have been filled with wine or beer and then passed hand to hand during the feast, each guest having to drink until the next peg was showing. Considering the generous proportions of the tankard and the size of each measure of alcohol it would have been very difficult to stay sober!