Original British EIC Naval Pewter Pint Tankard named to Ship Countess of Sutherland - Dated 1801
Original Item: One of a Kind. This came to us from a large British East India Company Collection that we purchased in England during 2018. It is a lovely naval pewter tankard by YATES & BIRCH, marked PINT just by the handle underneath the maker name, for drinking Beer or Ale. There are also proofs and other markings under the top lip of the tankard. It has the East India Company "Heart" Logo under "4" (a disguised Christian cross) over the date 1801 engraved into its side. The other side of the tankard is marked with the Vessel's name:
The Countess of Sutherland was built by Hamilton & Aberdeen and launched in 1801 at Tittaghur on the Hooghly River, about 15 miles upstream from Calcutta. She made one voyage as an "East Indiaman" from Calcutta to England for the British East India Company in 1801-1802. The French captured her in 1803 as she was sailing from Bengal to China, right at the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars. They used her as a hulk until she was broken up c.1821.
In fine display condition measuring almost 4 1/2" tall and almost 4" across its underside, ready to display. (Not recommended for use)
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