English Pewter 1/2 Pint tankard, ‘DI’ initials, glass bottom, mid 19th century

$45.00 AUD

English Pewter 1/2 Pint measure, the atraight sided form with engraved ‘DI’ initials, the base with glass bottom.
Maker ‘T&C’,
mid 19th century

9.5cm high
good patination

The glass bottom was said to be a way of avoiding being press-ganged into the Navy; when drinking at the pub, if a coin could be slipped into a drink unseen, the ‘drinker’ could find himself in the Navy as he had taken the King’s payment; the glass bottom allows the contents to be seen , and press-ganging avoided!




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