Pewter and cut glass
123 mm (Diameter); 175 mm (H)Order this image
Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire (Accredited Museum)
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Pewter tankard, cut glass base and hinged lid.
This tankard is made from pewter with a cut glass bottom. These were probably developed as a method of refusing the King's shilling (a method of conscrption into the Royal Navy or Army). The drinker could see if a coin had been placed in the bottom of the tankard and thus could refuse the drink, thereby avoiding conscription. This practiced dated as far back as the end of the English Civil War (1642-1651), but became more widespread in the 18th and 19th century. This tankard probably dates from the 18th century.