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'Peg' tankards, so-called from the studs applied at intervals on the inside wall, were a type of communal drinking vessel. They were common in seventeenth-century Scandinavia and their occasional occurrence in Newcastle and York confirms the close trading contacts between Norway and the north-east of England. Although made in London, it is clear from the inscription ('This Cann belongeth to the Company of Coopers of Newcastle Upon Tyne') that this tankard was in Newcastle from an early date. It is virtually certain, therefore, that the tankard was heavily repaired or remodelled some decades after the date of its original manufacture and probably not in London.
Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)
Date1667 - 1668
Material and technique
Dimensions17.3 cm (height)
1087 g (weight)
No. of items
Presented by Miss J. Christie-Miller, 1977.
not on display
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Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 19