Antique Danish Silver Peg Tankard


Stock: 8087

Date: 1701

Maker: Christian Knudsen Hansen

Country: Denmark

A late-17th/early-18th century Danish silver peg tankard of plain cylindrical form raised on three stylish pomegranate ball feet. Large size...

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A late-17th/early-18th century Danish silver peg tankard of plain cylindrical form raised on three stylish pomegranate ball feet. Large size and heavy weight. The domed cover is deeply embossed with a decorative border of foliate scrolls around a central hand engraved armorial dated 1701, the scroll handle has a thumb piece modelled as a rampant lion holding a large ball.

Contains 2000ml.

Weight 1443gms, 46.4 troy oz.

Height 22.5cm (9ins). Diameter of top 15 cms (6 ins).

Marked underneath with the initials “CK” for Christian Knudsen, Denmark, active 1698-1718.

Literature: The name ‘peg tankard’ is derived from the vertical row of cylindrical pegs soldered inside the tankard, used to measure the amount of alcohol drunk as the tankard was passed around the table. Each drinker could drink his allocated peg measure. The term ‘peg’ probably derives from the Danish measure ‘paegl’, roughly equivalent to a pint.

Peg tankards have a long history in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. In England peg tankards were made from the mid-1650s through to the 1680s in York, Hull and other north-eastern towns with close cultural links with northern Europe. They usually follow the Scandinavian form, incorporating floral engraving and pomegranate feet. There is a plain example similar to this in the Metropolitan Museum of Art ref: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/195229


This handsome tankard is in good condition with signs of use. Made of heavy gauge silver. The main body has a makers mark stamped underneath for Christian Knudsen, Denmark, active 1698-1718, which is consistent with the "1701" date engraved on the lid; the lid and handle are unmarked. There is a crease in the handle half way down and 2 other small dents to central rib. The bottom of the handle terminates in a shield, later dot-prick engraved 'A. WINTER. M.K.D. 1824'. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Maker Information

Maker: Christian Knudsen Hansen

Christian Knudsen Hansen, Danish silversmith

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