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Tankards and Tumblers


Georgian glass tankards and tumblers, together with rummers, are amongst the most useable of 18th century Georgian drinking glasses. I have a very good friend in Kent who goes to his local pub, The Old House in Ightham, carrying a mid 18th century hop and barley engraved mug with a gadrooned bottom and ribbed handle. From the glass collector's perspective this type of behaviour cannot be condoned, however, as a fellow beer lover I admire him greatly. The glass holds a half yard (a pint and a quarter) but he only pays for the standard pint!

Typically hand blown tankards of this period sit on a foot ring that is either plain, conical or folded, and some are found with folded trumpet feet. They are generally baluster-shaped and can be plain bowled or feature gadrooning to the base with some earlier examples having "nipt diamond waies" - trailed decoration around the top of the bowls. Snapped pontil marks will be found underneath the high kick base.

Another attractive feature is that many can be found with coins set into the base of the bowl, the most common date to find is 1787 which is the only year of coin minting for King George III. Without these coins many such tankards could easily be mistaken for earlier examples as the form was produced over a long period of time.

Period tumblers and small beakers are widely used by collectors they are the perfect drinking vessel for for a nip of whisky. Some of the better wheel engraved flip glasses carry personal period engravings and are quite captivating. These vary from Jabobite symbology to the rhymes created by the love-struck heart and they still resonate today. Political message engravings are not uncommon, as well as those wishing "success to..." various commercial ventures, societies and even race horses! In the late 18th and certainly by the early 19th century pontil marks were polished and the bases of tumblers became less concave as the possibility of scratching a surface with the base was this reduced.


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Small Antique Glass Tumbler

Small Antique Glass Tumbler

We have seen these small tumblers before in small leather cases accompanied by a graduated measure and used by pharmacists to dispense their potions. We have seen other examples engraved with hunting scenes. Medicinal or recreational or ideally both!

£30.00

Engraved Victorian One and  Half Pint Glass Tankard With Ruby Threading c1885

Engraved Victorian One and Half Pint Glass Tankard With Ruby Threading c1885

t was not until the mid 1870s that threading machines were invented and their adoption will have been rapid as with most labour and cost saving devices. The same threading machines remained in use up to the second world war. The following is very good exa

£160.00

Liverpool Interest  Georgian Half Pint Glass Tankard c1800

Liverpool Interest Georgian Half Pint Glass Tankard c1800

A very fine Georgian half pint tankard from c1820 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£170.00

Liverpool Interest Half Pint Tankard c1800

Liverpool Interest Half Pint Tankard c1800

A very fine Georgian half pint tankard from c1800 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£170.00

German/Bohemian Glass Tankard c1770

German/Bohemian Glass Tankard c1770

German/Bohemian Glass Tankard C1760

£325.00

George III Gadrooned Baluster Engraved Ladies Tankard c1780

George III Gadrooned Baluster Engraved Ladies Tankard c1780

George III gadrooned baluster engraved tankard c1780

£425.00

William IV Glass Coin Tankard 1836-37

William IV Glass Coin Tankard 1836-37

A William IV gadrooned coin tankard with silver 4d dated 1836

£595.00

Georgian Wheel Engraved Glass Half Pint Tankard c1780

Georgian Wheel Engraved Glass Half Pint Tankard c1780

A stunning Georgian wheel engraved half pint glass tankard from c1780 in excellent condition. See more antiques for sale from the UK Available from te UK at scottishantiques.com

£385.00

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