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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
With a crowned lion finial resting on four carved lion feet a heart detail to the end of the handle
The lid with small crack and an old central core hole perhaps used for sweetening or flavouring the liquor
Rich smooth lustrous patina
Probably 18th Century with later marriage date
Size: 25cm high, 22cm dia. – 9¾ ins high, 8½ 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!