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Coincidentally, the same month I bought that pewter tankard, Master Steinologist John Ey’s article, “Stand beside me, Winston! 74, December 1983, Page 1124), featuring a two-handled English pass cup, appeared.
Shortly after that, I decided to put together a small display collection of these communal drinking vessels, most now long outdated and misunderstood.
The factors that influence these judgments of age are style, construction, markings, patina and wear.
The oldest singing bowls were likely plain, thick and made of metal that was not of uniform consistency.
Here shown above the holder of the large pottery vessel is waiting for the bagpiper to complete his tune and will then pass the cup along to the thirsty player, using the three handles.
Brueghel also shows us a similar vessel being hoisted up to a horse rider in one of his other folk paintings, still another clear indication that communal drinking and “passing” were flourishing in the cultures of the 16th century.(d)It was immediately after I purchased my first 2-handled pass cup [an English pewter two quart tankard, with two 1/2 lids attached to the two large handles; long since sold (another dumb move) that I became really interested in the custom of communal drinking and the vessels associated with such an antiquated activity.Antique beer steins, mugs and tankards are prized for their craftsmanship and colorful ornamentation and scenes. from Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially from the city of Mettlach, whose potteries produced thousands of the vessels. They can be found in many styles and materials, including copper, pewter, silver, pottery, ivory, porcelain, glass and wood. It commemorates a London magistrate, Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (1621–1678), for exemplary conduct during the great plague and fire that struck London in 1665–66. 1665)Engraved above cartouche of fire of London scene: (right of arms),vir revera Reipublicae Natus,/ Cum urbem Imanis vastabat Ignis,/ Dei Providentiâ et virtute suâ/ Flamarum Medio, Tutus, et Illustris/Engraved below cartouche of fire of London scene: (right of arms), Deinde Cogente Rege/ (At Merito) Emicuit Eques Auratus/ E: BG: 7bris 1666/ Caetera Loquentur Pauperes et Trivia.For his actions, Godfrey was knighted by Charles II and given an immense silver vase of 800 ounces. Marking:  IN (or NI), a pellet between, mullet below in heart-shaped punch (maker's mark); Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark); Lion passant guardant (English quality mark for sterling); S (London date letter for 1675–76).Choose your Tankard from Trophy Store, the UK’s largest Online retailer of Trophies Medals and Awards with an extensive range all available to purchase online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.