Silver mugs and tankards
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’.
The illustration shows how the style evolved over the centuries, and is a good guide to what can be found in stock in our vault today.
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.
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
- Straight sided
- Child’s cup
- Glass bottomed