Antique Norwegian Silver Tankard
Date: Circa 1730
Maker: Anders Erichsen Hind
Probably Norwegian. An early 18th century Scandinavian silver peg tankard of plain cylindrical form raised on three stylish pomegranate ball...
Probably Norwegian. An early 18th century Scandinavian silver peg tankard of plain cylindrical form raised on three stylish pomegranate ball feet. Large size and heavy weight. The domed cover and body are decorated in the Regence style popular in c.1730. The scroll handle has a thumb piece modelled as a rampant lion holding a large ball. The lid has an inset coin (added later).
Contains 1600 ml.
Weight 1294 grams, 41.6 troy oz. Height 18 cm, 23 cm (to top of thumbpiece).
Makers mark only “AEH” struck 4 times underneath probably for Anders Erichsen Hind of Bergen, Norway.
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.
The tankard is in good condition. Made of heavy gauge silver. Stamped underneath 4 times with maker’s mark only “AEH”, the lid and handle are unmarked. There are a couple of old solder repairs to the feet visible both inside and outside. A couple of minor dinks to the edge of the lid. The tankard has been tested for water retention and there is a small leak from the base which can be repaired if requested. 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
Maker: Anders Erichsen Hind
Anders Erichsen Hind. Norwegian silver maker of Bergen, Norway. Worked 1727 - 42
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