Gorham Sterling Silver & Ivory Glass Bottom X-Large Tankard - circa 1898 - RARE For Sale
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Gorham Sterling Silver & Ivory Glass Bottom X-Large Tankard - circa 1898 - RARE:
Sterling silver and ivory tankard by Gorham silversmiths.
This amazing and rare piece was made in 1898. We can properly date the piece with the 3 arrow mark that is on the bottom of the piece which is marked into the silver.
The piece is a large tankard measuring 5.25" tall x 4.25" deep and 7" wide. The piece weighs a hefty 2.5 pounds.
There are initials monogrammed on the piece " H W M" which unless you take a close look at them they look like they're apart of the design on the silver.
The bottom side of the tankard is glass as a representation of the legend to refuse the kings shilling "Metal tankards often come with a glass bottom. The legend is that the glass bottomed tankard was developed as a way of refusing theKing's shilling, i.e. conscription into the British army or navy. The drinker could see the coin in the bottom of the glass and refuse the drink, thereby avoiding conscription. However, this is likely to be a myth, for the Navy couldpressby force, rendering deception unnecessary.
In a bar fight, the first punch was thrown while the recipient had the tankard raised to his mouth; another legend has it that the glass bottom was implemented so as to see the attack coming.
A further story is that the glass bottom merely allowed the drinker to judge the clarity of their drink while forgoing the expense of a fragile pint glass." -wikipedia
The silver and ivory are in good estate condition especially that they're over 120 years old. The ware is consistent with age and regular use. The inside of the ivory show cracks but they do not effect the integrity of thepiece. Please view the photos for an accurate representationof the piece.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask