Posts made in June, 2007

Bottoms up

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 in Taonga | 0 comments

Russell Lights – Vol 10 Issue 13 – June 2007 This pewter tankard is believed to have been found in the ashes of the Duke of Marlborough hotel. It’s not sure if it was the first Duke that was burnt and looted in 1845, or the second burnt in the 1870s. The tankard has a glass bottom, cracked in the fire. The glass bottomed tankard seems to have come into being in the later half of the 18th century when it was advisable to keep a watchful eye on one’s drinking companions who might be pickpocketers, footpads or the approaching press gang. A recruiting sergeant might creep...

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