Tankard - KING'S SHILLING - Pewter


Why do some tankards have glass bottoms and what did it mean to accept the King's Shilling? Both questions are answered with this remarkable pewter tankard. Crafted in Sheffield by the English Pewter Company, this amazing curio is a memorable gift to be used, loved and talked about for years to come.  Tip the glass bottomed tankard to reveal a 'king's shilling' in the base, the read the following story of explanation engraved on the front:

England's Navy, while being the life-line for the small island nation were always short of trained sailors. To get more men to join the Navy, the press gangs were sent out to recruit men between the ages of 18 and 55. Some would be knocked unconscious, threatened with a sword, pistol or musket, or plied with ale. Others would find a shilling at the bottom of their tankard of ale and since they were in possession of the King's shilling, they were in the Navy.  This led to landlords using glass bottom tankards.  

...or so the story goes!

The other side of the tankard can be hand-engraved with a message, name, date or special occasion.  Please order hand-engraving separately if required.

In stock and ready to send. The King's Shilling Tankard is gift presented in a black velvet pouch and box.  

starting price $114.95


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140mm high

Base is 100mm diameter

Beautifully Gift presented and despatched 2-5 business days following order. Please let us know if you need it sooner and we will do our best. Once your parcel has been despatched, the postage time will depend on your chosen shipping method and your location.

Australian Customers
Delivery is guaranteed with Australia Post's eParcel registered and traceable, signed courier service
eParcel Standard typically arrives within 10 business days - $7.00
eParcel Express typically arrives within 1-3 business days - $9.50

International Customers
Jewellery orders are sent airmail with tracking for A$23.50. Please contact us for postage quotes on heavier items prior to ordering. Most international orders are usually delivered withing 5-15 working days. International deliveries may also be subject to import charges or customs restrictions depending on the country you are in and these charges are the responsibility of the customer.

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