Antique Norwegian Silver Tankard

Date: Circa 1730

Maker: Anders Erichsen Hind

Country: Norway


Probably Norwegian. An early 18th century Scandinavian silver peg tankard of plain cylindrical form raised on three stylish pomegranate ball feet. Large size and heavy weight. The domed cover and body are decorated in the Regence style popular in c.1730. The scroll handle has a thumb piece modelled as a rampant lion holding a large ball. The lid has an inset coin (added later).

Contains 1600 ml.

Weight 1294 grams, 41.6 troy oz. Height 18 cm, 23 cm (to top of thumbpiece).

Makers mark only “AEH” struck 4 times underneath probably for Anders Erichsen Hind of Bergen, Norway.

Circa 1730. 

Literature: The name 'peg tankard' is derived from the vertical row of cylindrical pegs soldered inside the tankard, used to measure the amount of alcohol drunk as the tankard was passed around the table. Each drinker could drink his allocated peg measure. The term 'peg' probably derives from the Danish measure 'paegl', roughly equivalent to a pint. 

Peg tankards have a long history in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. In England peg tankards were made from the mid-1650s through to the 1680s in York, Hull and other north-eastern towns with close cultural links with northern Europe. They usually follow the Scandinavian form, incorporating floral engraving and pomegranate feet.

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