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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
With a crowned snarling lion finial resting on four carved snarling lion feet a heart shape carved to the end of the handle with small part of top left side missing
Smooth silky rich dark patina
Probably 18th Century with later marriage date
Size: 24cm high, 22.5cm dia. – 9½ ins high, 8¾ 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!