Original British Pewter One-Quart Tankard Named to H.M.S. Leander
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. A delightful item, we’ve only ever had one other of these, the other was only a pint tankard, and both originated from the same Marine collection out of the UK.
This is a full quart and is stamped with various markings including "CROWN over G.R.", "QUART" and "CROWN over V.R." together with small hard to read stampings. The Royal crown markings indicate that the capacity has been officially measured and certified. Any such item in use by the public or military was often reassessed to prevent "short measures" similar to the weights and measures certification used today by states in the USA.
The use of this tankard was to scoop the over flowing "froth" from the ullage tray, where all the beer slop accumulated, and then to served to all the drinkers still present, this was a handy and very popular tradition.
Directly under the spout it is engraved H.M.S. LEANDER a fourth rate Man-o-War carrying 52 Guns, launched in 1780 and later captured by the French in 1799. It was recaptured a year later by Britain’s Russian allies and returned to England. It was eventually sold out of service in 1817.
A very fine Pewter Beer Quart Tankard Pourer clearly in public service from the time of King George III who reigned from 1760 - 1820 and then through to the Reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901.
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