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King's Shilling | Polished | Pewter Tankard

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Here we have a traditional pint pewter tankard with a polished finish. It has the King's Shilling in the bottom of it to stop the drinker being Press Ganged into service !  Having a glass bottom with the pesky coin in the bottom. View through the grog so they don't end up drinking from the tankard, then it would be too late.When they have had a few too many you don't want to loose them to the sea. taking the King's Shilling was like an old fashioned handshake with the devious recruiting parties, praying on the young drinkers that had over indulged. When a gang was looking for a crew to join the Royal Navy they would often go into the ale houses to search for suitable able bodied men. They then offered to buy their new drunken friend a pint of beer. Unseen to their weary eyes they dropped a shilling into the tankard of beer. once they had drunk all the ale the very poor victim was judged to have "accepted" the King's Shilling and their fate was sealed and they had "volunteered" to join and serve in the Royal Navy and had lost their freedom. So to try to keep one step ahead of the press gangs for the regular drinkers the landlords came up with this ingenious method of having a glass bottom to the drinkers tankard. Before they picked up their mug of ale they would look through the murky grog and if they saw a round shadow at the bottom then they would not drink from the tankard. So that they did not receive or accept their new gift.

This peter tankard is suitable to be engraved. Having an oval section to the front and plain in all other areas. And can be given as the perfect gift for a best man's present, father of the groom present or usher's present, a birthday, an anniversary present or simply a treat for yourself, coming complete with a lovely presentation box and with free delivery,

Simply good service at Sarah Beth Jewellers, with honest traditional customer service at its heart, here at Sarah Beth Jewellers in Rochford, we offer a money back guarantee and if you have any questions about this product please do not hesitate to call on 01702 548614 or email sbjewellers@icloud.com, and we will be happy to answer your queries,

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Samuel - Brighton


Great stuff, Thank You

Mathew - Portsmouth


Thank You to Steve at Sarah Beth Jewellers who engraved this tankard for me. He explained how nice it was and what he could and couldn’t do with the engraving positioning onto the tankard. I had wanted it engraved left hand not right and he understood what i wanted straight away. I had telephoned other Jewellers and they just didn’t understand me. Thank You Steve for all your help. Mat.