Charles II Silver Peg Tankard

Date: 1671

Country: England

Stock Number: 7771

Extremely rare. An unusually large early English silver peg tankard, flat lidded, and having a vertical row of seven pegs inside. Good patina. Lovely plain design and beaten silver. To the front there is a large contemporary armorial within tied plumage. Contains in excess of 2000 ml, 4 pints. Weight 1165 gms, 37.4 troy ounces. Height 19.75 cms (to top of thumb piece). Diameter 15 cms (lid), 13 cms (top), 15 cms (of base). Fully marked on the body, London 1671. Makers mark only on lid and handle (more details below).

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. There is a plain example similar to this in the Metropolitan Museum of Art ref: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/195229

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