Traditional Pewter Pint Tankard
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A traditional English pewter pint tankard created by our master craftsmen and finished with a pewter or glass base.
This tankard is available with a pewter, glass or glass with shilling base. A universal gift, perfect for christenings, birthdays, trophies, awards and so much more
A traditional English pewter pint tankard created by our mastercraftsmen and finished with a glass base. The glass bottomed tankard was developed as a way of avoiding conscription into the British Navy. If a shilling was placed in someone's tankard the drinker could see the coin, refuse the drink, thereby avoiding conscription.
When a press gang was looking for crew to join the Royal Navy, they would often go into ale houses to find able bodied men. Having drunk all the ale, the poor victim was judged to have 'accepted the Kings Shilling' and therefore volunteered to join the navy. To try and keep their customers, the landlords introduced glass bottomed tankards, so that the prospective crew member was able to look in to their beer and see the shiling before accepting the kind gift.