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Elegant antique pewter pint tankard with ornate double C-scroll handle and other fine details dating from the 1815 to 1825 period, hence the c1820 mid-date. And as this proposed date span suggests, the crowned George IV royal mark was likely stamped into the side of this mug sometime after it was produced in order to comply with regulations concerning capacity verification for tankards and mugs used in taverns and public houses. The royal stamp indicated that the mug’s capacity at 19 fluid ounces was verified and met current regulations under the crown between 1820 and 1825. In 1826, however, this mug’s 19 ounce capacity would have been invalid and not permitted to receive an official capacity verification stamp under the crown after the capacity of a pint was formally set at 20 fluid ounces in order to receive a royal verification mark. An important point to recognize
Tulip shaped pewter mugs came into fashion in the mid to late 1700s, but remained comparatively scarce until the early 1800s when at most they may have possibly made up 5% to 10% of the pewter mug styles being produced at the time (this is my own opinion and a guess-estimate, at best). Pushing the initial manufacturing date of the mug offer here to before 1820 as mentioned above would mean that this mug spent part of its earliest years in private use where a verified royal capacity mark was not required. Several design features also support an older production date for this mug and include the slightly thickened rim lip that is underscored with a single incised line (see Photos 2 and 3), a well defined 3-dimension junction or common joint between the large upper C-scroll and its smaller reversed lower C-scroll (see Photos 1 and 2) along with a finer reverse scroll terminal finial off the bottom of the smaller C-scroll (see Photos 1, 2, 4), and several cordoned bands and incised accent lines on the base and spread foot (see Photos 1, 5).
This mug is in good condition with no tin-pest or visible surface corrosion. There are a few tiny dents and dings given that this tankard is about 200 years old and its pewter composition is soft and susceptible to damage if dropped or badly mishandled (see all photos). Traditional cast pewter was replaced by Britannia which could be rolled and spun to make thinner walled hollowware since it contained no lead and produced a harder and stronger vessel. Britannia was perfected in the late 1700s and surpassed pewter as commercial industrial methods replaced the older pewter craftsmen and their family operations. Britannia is composed of tin, copper and antimony and was also used as a base for electroplating in the mid to late 1800s.
This mug represents one of the more elegant style of cast pewter mugs produced in the early 1800s. It has some very fine pencil-point size fissures left behind by sand casting where air was trapped in the process. One of these tiny fissures is evident on the underside of the base at about the 10 o’clock position in Photo 6. This mug was likely removed from public use after 1826 and therefore has no further capacity verification marks typically seen on mugs, tankards and measures that remained in public use after 1879 when British legislation promoted the widespread use of universal verification numbers. Consequently, this mug was relegated to personal or private use more than 50 years before the UV capacity verification system was promoted and standardized.
The last two Photos (Photos 8 and 9) show the mug listed here next to several other pewter items for comparison only that are not for sale at this time. Only the pewter mug illustrated in the first seven Photos is for sale and available for purchase. Photo 8 displays the mug listed here next to a smaller tulip-shaped mug with a similar double C-scroll handle (smaller mug is not for sale here). Photo 9 displays the pint mug next to four other vessels that are not for sale here. They include in Photo 9 when moving counter-clockwise from the pint mug an antique 1/4 Gill pewter measure (capacity is about 1/16th of a pint, shown just under the pint mug), a rococo-style Paktong candlestick dated 1759 (German or Dutch in manufacture), a pewter shaker, a small tulip mug, and a one dollar bill for scale. The four other vessels in Photo 9 are not for sale here, but displayed for comparison only.
So if you collect or appreciate antique pewter and are looking for an example with finely molded features and elegant details, then do consider this example while it is still available for purchase. And as always, this mug also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy as noted below. You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others listed in Docs Antiques when combining orders) by simply requesting the payment scheduling you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as desired (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates). Please continue reading below for size and condition details as well as more information on shipping and return policies.
SIZE: This mug holds about 19 fluid ounces, stands just under 5 inches tall and weighs about 1 lb empty. The rim has a diameter of about 3 7/16 inches across whereas the base measures about 3 11/16 inches across. The widest portion of the body extends out to also have a diameter of about 3 11/16 inches across.
CONDITION: This pewter mug is in excellent condition with no cracks, no major scratches, no repairs, no restorations, and no major dents (see all photos). Also, there is no corrosion or pewter rot. The only declaration to note are a couple of tiny dings that are not readily noticeable. Consequently, this antique cast pewter mug displays well and will undoubtedly draw attention and interest in most any setting. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this mug for a refund (see our complete return policy farther below for full details).
SHIPPING: The box with this tankard properly packed will weigh about 2 lbs, and so all US mainland buyers pay $9.80 for USPS Priority Mail. This is an estimated savings of $2 to $5 since insurance and tracking are INCLUDED in this amount. This amount is less than our actual insured shipping costs or we refund the difference back to you, and there are never any handling or packing fees added to any of your Docs Antiques purchases, ever. All international buyers will also pay less than the actual shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the Continental US mainland. Send us your complete address and we will email you up to four options for sending this item to your country. These are estimated to range from about $39 USD up to $68 USD depending on shipping choice and final destination. Please check with your country's Customs Office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing this item -- thanks.
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c1820 Tulip or Bellied-Shape Late Georgian Cast Pewter Pint Mug or Tankard with George IV verification seal
$250 $145 USD SALE PENDING
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