Antique late 1800s European cast pewter tall Flagon with two incised rouletted bands and original knopped cover from the 1860 to 1900 period, hence the c1880 mid-date (see all 15 Photos). The other pewter items shown in the very last Photo are not for sale here. They are for comparison and scale. Only the tall pewter flagon shown all by itself in the first 14 photos is for sale in this listing. A flagon was a larger serving vessel for carrying liquids that then could be used to fill smaller vessels such as cups, mugs and glasses. Flagons became popularity in the 1500s and were common in western Europe in metal, stoneware and even wood treen. Since flagons have rounded lips, one could also drink directly from the rim of the flagon holding it much like a tankard.
This antique flagon or tankard is European in origin and most likely from Germany, Austria or an adjacent area. It has a ‘parrot beak’ style pouring spout and a belted ball thumb piece (Photos 1, 4, 5). The underside of the base displays turning marks created by a lathe blade used to remove excess pewter and create a foot rim along the outer edge of the base (Photo 11). Other noteworthy features include a delicately molded handle terminal (see Photo 2), an expanding bell-shaped base (Photo 10), five interlocking hinge joints for the cover (Photo 12), the initials J.A.R. inscribed below the pouring spout (Photo 5), an upper and lower rouletted band for accenting the main body, and a touch-mark stamped on the inside of base (Photo 3).
The maker’s mark has two simple repeating motifs, a small circular disk repeated seven times, and a backward capital E with arching bars on a stem (Photo 3). Below the round disks at the bottom of the mark are four letters flanks by some other small raised designs. Raised periods set midway between the letters are evident at most locations (see Photo 3). Some of the letters are poorly formed apparently because the mark was unevenly hammered such that the lower most portion of the mark is incomplete and the line created a border around the mark is absent below the letters (see Photo 3). The letter appear to be L. G. I R. The period between I and the R is not readily apparent, and the I actually has a very faint cross-bar at its top that if accurate means that this letter is actually a T. If correct, then the mark has L. G. T R. If any viewer recognizes this mark and can identify the manufacturer of the flagon – then please drop me an email and share what you info you have - - thanks, Doc. One of its previous owners placed a newspaper photograph of either this flagon or one exactly like it inside this vessel (see Photo 7). The caption listed the flagon as 18th century, however, this places it too early for many of its attributes.
This is a wonderful cast pewter flagon that is more than 120 years old and weighs about 3 lbs empty. It is in very good condition with no cracks, splits, repairs or restorations (see complete condition notes farther below). It stands 12 3/4 inches tall to the top of its thumb piece, has circular rim about 3 1/8 inches across excluding the spout, a base diameter of about 6 5/8 inches, and a maximum width of 6 5/8 inches from outermost handle strap across to outer most extension of the pouring spout. This flagon makes the mug and pepper pots look small in comparison as Photo 15 helps illustrate. So if you are looking for a antique flagon that displays well and will draw attention in most any setting, then make sure you seriously consider this flagon while it is still available. And as always, this pewter flagon also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item and others when combining orders in my shop by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc set it up.
CONDITION: Antique pewter commonly displays small dings and even tiny cracks or splits (see pepper pots in last Photo for examples of dented pewter; none of the other items in Photo 15 are for sale here). This antique flagon has no cracks, splits, repairs or restoration (see all Photos). It has one small dent on its main body that is shown in Photo 13 with a common yellow pencil pointing to it. The black pen and the brown pencil in Photo 13 and the blue pencil in Photo 14 point to tiny scratches created in the past 15 to 30 years by poor handling. The cover and its hinge works perfectly and the exterior of the flagon has accumulated a nice even patina that has a grayish-green appearance (see all Photos). That is it, and to find a better antique European covered tall flagon in this style would typically cost the collector or enthusiast another $80 to $170 and more over what is listed here, particularly along the east and west coasts. And if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this antique pewter flagon for a refund so long as it is sent back in exactly the same condition as originally listed here and has sustained no damage (see our complete return policy for all details as stated below).
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Item ID: RL987.ac