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Vintage and Antique Silver Mugs

A perennially popular sterling silver item, mugs and tankards are both an ideal gift and a real treat to use. Historically a status symbol in well-to-do houses, the tankard would be one of the most important items in what was known as ‘the plate cupboard’. Children were often gifted with a miniature version when they were Christened, and these little cups remain a popular Christening gift today. Sizes are usually for a pint, a half pint, or a third of a pint for a child’s cup.
  • Vintage pint mugs cost £400 – £600
  • Check the gauge of the rim for comfort
  • Consider engraving options, particularly if the area is thin
  • Styles usually follow the shape and decoration of the period
  • Pre 1800 examples were made in one piece and should have no side seams
Tankards and mugs fall into three main styles regarding shape: the straight-sided, the curvy baluster shape, and lidded, which is technically the difference between a tankard and a mug. In addition there are variations like ‘glass bottomed’. Lidded takards are generally larger in size, ‘child’s cups’ are more fun and typically half pint sized.


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