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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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A Quart Wheel Engraved Georgian Tumbler c1810

A Quart Wheel Engraved Georgian Tumbler c1810

A very large wheel engraved Georgian tumbler in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses and a wide range of other antique tumblers please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£165.00

Georgian Bristol Green Tankard c1810

Georgian Bristol Green Tankard c1810

A very fine Georgian Bristol green glass tankard from c1800 in excellent condition. For more antique glass including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses and more please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£195.00

George IV Silver Shilling Coin Tankard c1825

George IV Silver Shilling Coin Tankard c1825

A very fine piece of Royal Memorabilia: a George IV silver shilling coin tankard. For more Georgian drinking glasses and other antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£650.00

Georgian Engraved Glass Tankard c1800

Georgian Engraved Glass Tankard c1800

A very fine early 19th century engraved glass tankard in excellent condition. Treat your father to an antique 18th century glass tankard for fathers day or as a birthday gift. This example, made of lead glass, is in excellent condition and of typical Geor

£475.00

Rare Georgian Wheel Engraved Tumbler c1790

Rare Georgian Wheel Engraved Tumbler c1790

A rare barrel shaped Georgian tumbler from c1790 engraved with hops and barley in excellent condition.

£160.00

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

£325.00

A Bohemian Engraved Tumbler The Pursuit c1770

A Bohemian Engraved Tumbler The Pursuit c1770

this is clearly a comedy rather than a hunt. The animals being chased away are simply returning behind the farmers back. This may be a lesson in not fighting with nature, or live and let live. A hunt it is certainly not, pitchforks are not a tool of the h

£750.00

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