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Located in Palermo, IT
A beautiful GeorgeIII English silver Tankard made in London 1818, Tankard is embellished with later chased stemmed floral and foliate decoration,hand-embossed with gilt interior.The...
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Antique 1810s British George III Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

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H 8.67 in. Dm 4.34 in.
Georgian Silver Tankard
Located in Palermo, IT
Georgian silver tankard, mark of Robert Brown made in London 1741 , marked on top and on the right side with the typical marks of English silver ,the head of the lion symbol of Londo...
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Antique 1740s English George II Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver

  • Georgian Silver Tankard
  • Georgian Silver Tankard
  • Georgian Silver Tankard
  • Georgian Silver Tankard
H 7.09 in. Dm 4.73 in.
Antique Russian Silver Tankard
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive, rare antique Russian silver tankard; an addition to our range of collectable silverware This exceptional and rare antique Russian silver tanka...
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Antique 1870s Russian Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

  • Antique Russian Silver Tankard
  • Antique Russian Silver Tankard
  • Antique Russian Silver Tankard
  • Antique Russian Silver Tankard
H 5.8 in. W 3.8 in. D 5.9 in.
Three English Pewter Tankards
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Three English pewter tankards with various engravings and marks.
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Antique 19th Century British Barware

Materials

Pewter

  • Three English Pewter Tankards
  • Three English Pewter Tankards
  • Three English Pewter Tankards
  • Three English Pewter Tankards
H 6.5 in. W 4.25 in. D 7 in.
Antique Swedish Silver Peg Tankard
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A magnificent, fine and impressive, large antique Swedish silver quart tankard; an addition to our range of collectable silverware This magnificent and large antique Swedish silve...
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Antique 1890s Swedish Barware

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Sterling Silver

  • Antique Swedish Silver Peg Tankard
  • Antique Swedish Silver Peg Tankard
  • Antique Swedish Silver Peg Tankard
  • Antique Swedish Silver Peg Tankard
H 1 in. W 1 in. D 1 in.
George III Sterling Silver Tankard
By Francis Crump
Located in London, GB
A George III sterling silver tankard made in London, 1765 by Francis Crump. The handle is engraved with the initials of the original owner, "IH". Measure: Height is 8".
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Antique 1760s British Georgian Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver

  • George III Sterling Silver Tankard
  • George III Sterling Silver Tankard
  • George III Sterling Silver Tankard
  • George III Sterling Silver Tankard
H 8.47 in. W 4.14 in. D 4.14 in.
Collection of Norwegian Peg Tankards
Located in Greenwich, CT
Fine collection of Norwegian peg tankards, circa 1770-1820, most with lion carved handles, all but one fashioned from burl birch wood and all possessing good rich color. The largest ...
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Antique Late 18th Century Norwegian Folk Art More Folk Art

Materials

Birch, Burl

Early George III Silver Tankard
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
An early George III silver tankard, the cylindrical body with an applied S-scroll handle with a foliate thumb piece attached to a high, domed cover, clear assay stamps for SW, London...
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Antique 1760s European More Dining and Entertaining

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Silver

  • Early George III Silver Tankard
  • Early George III Silver Tankard
  • Early George III Silver Tankard
  • Early George III Silver Tankard
H 7.5 in. W .1 in. D .1 in.
Nautical Theme Silver Tankard, London, 1933
Located in London, GB
Superb silver tankard with a nautical theme by makers Richard Pringle and date London, 1933. Decorated with the following inscription: “Arthur F Evans Honorary Handicapper Lond...
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Vintage 1930s British Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Bohemian Milk Glass Tankard, circa 1800
Located in New York, NY
Enameled with a scene of riflemen aiming at two figures, within a landscape setting. Applied with strap handle.
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Antique Early 1800s Glass

Materials

Milk Glass

Pair of Chinese Export Silver Tankards
Located in London, GB
A rare pair of Chinese export silver mugs/tankards, each with figural Court scenes, bamboo, and dragon handles. They have the mark for Hoaching of Canton, circa 1860, and the Chinese...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Metalwork

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Sterling Silver

Antique Georgian 'III' Sterling Silver Tankard
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique George III sterling silver mug Made in England, London, 1813 Maker: I.S (Possibly John Schofield) Dimensions: Size 10 x 7 x 11 cm Weight: 145 grams Has engraving " ...
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Antique 1810s British George III Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver

  • Antique Georgian 'III' Sterling Silver Tankard
  • Antique Georgian 'III' Sterling Silver Tankard
  • Antique Georgian 'III' Sterling Silver Tankard
  • Antique Georgian 'III' Sterling Silver Tankard
H 4.34 in. W 2.76 in. D 3.94 in.
English Pewter Tankard, 18th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
English pewter tankard, 18th century.
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Antique 18th Century English Barware

Materials

Pewter

Susan Parkinson Studio Pottery Architectural Tankard
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish studio pottery porcelain mug decorated with columns design by Susan Parkinson for the Richard Parkinson Pottery and made between 1953 and 1962. This delightful handled...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Porcelain

18th Century French Bronze Tankard
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a gorgeous 18th century French bronze tankard. This large tankard is made of a mixture of copper and nickel to make bronze. It has a beautiful natural patina consist...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Pitchers

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Copper, Bronze

  • 18th Century French Bronze Tankard
  • 18th Century French Bronze Tankard
  • 18th Century French Bronze Tankard
  • 18th Century French Bronze Tankard
H 5.5 in. W 7 in. D 5.5 in.
Swedish Silver Tankard, CG Hallberg Stockholm 1950
By CG Hallberg
Located in Skanninge, SE
Wonderful Swedish silver lidded tankard by C G Hallberg, Stockholm 1950. Made in the Scandinavian Baroque style. With four great shaped lions and two medallions depicting the Swedi...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Baroque Barware

Materials

Silver

Large Silver Tankard with Boar's Tusk Handle
By Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. Ltd.
Located in London, GB
An excellent heavy-gauge silver pint mug with incurved sides and an inset handle probably carved from a wild boar tusk. This stylish piece is very comfortable to hold and drink from.
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Antique Early 1900s English Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Chinese Export Porcelain Imari Tankard, Circa 1740
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export Porcelain Imari Tankard, Circa 1740 The Chinese Export porcelain tankard depicts a small male figure standing in the foreground dwarfed before rising mountains. A ...
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Antique 1740s Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Edwardian Large and Heavy Sterling Silver Tankard
By Edward Barnard & Sons
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique Edwardian Large and heavy sterling silver tankard. Made in England, London, 1908 Maker: Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd. Fully hallmarked. Approx. Dimensions - Length x ...
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Antique Early 1900s British Edwardian Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver

Antique German Silver Tankard by David Eckrich
By David Eckrich
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive, rare antique German silver quart tankard; an addition to our range of collectable 17th century silverware This exceptional antique German silv...
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Antique Early 17th Century German Barware

Materials

Silver

Small Antique Footed Pewter Imperial Tankard Measures
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Not quite a matching pair of imperial measures made of pewter in the shape of one handled mug or tankard. These measures are generally graduating in size and each labelled accordingl...
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Antique 1830s British Barware

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Pewter

Antique Georgian Sterling Silver Tankard London, 1742
By Samuel Wood
Located in London, GB
Magnificent Georgian 18th century lidded tankard of baluster form, with girdle and applied S-scroll handle with foliate thumb piece attached to a high domed cover. Weight 954 grams.
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Antique 1740s British George II Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Antique Silver Georgian Tankard, England, London, 1808
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique silver Georgian tankard Has engravings F.D on a handle and bottom. Made in England, London, 1808 Fully hallmarked. Maker: M Unidentified Dimensions: Diameter/height...
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Antique Early 1800s British George III Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Large Tankard, Worcester, circa 1770, Later Decorated
By 1st Period Worcester Dr. Wall
Located in Melbourne, AU
A fine, large 18th century tankard, redecorated in the 19th century with a scene of hare coursing.
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Antique Mid-18th Century English Neoclassical Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

20th Century Italian Sterling Silver Tankard
By Mario Vallè
Located in VALENZA, IT
Tankard in 925 solid silver embossed and chiseled in "ovules", typical late Italian medieval design. The shiny ovules are interspersed with knurling and subsequently burnished. The c...
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Late 20th Century Italian Medieval Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

  • 20th Century Italian Sterling Silver Tankard
  • 20th Century Italian Sterling Silver Tankard
  • 20th Century Italian Sterling Silver Tankard
  • 20th Century Italian Sterling Silver Tankard
H 5.91 in. W 6.3 in. D 3.94 in.
Antique English Oak and Silver Plate Tankard
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Handsome 19th century Tankard in oak with silver plated bands. The makers mark is John Grinsel & Sons. The handle with a detailed female ships figure and the spout with a figural mas...
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Antique 1880s English Edwardian Pitchers

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Silver Plate

Small Bohemian Milk Glass Tankard, circa 1800
Located in New York, NY
Finely enameled with leaning against a column conversing with two maidens. With applied handle.
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Antique Early 1800s Glass

Materials

Milk Glass

Mochaware Tankard Made in England Circa 1820
Located in Katonah, NY
This mochaware tankard has a rare design of white five quill and dot trailed slip decoration. Made in England circa 1820, this is a masterpiece of mochaware. The middle of the tanka...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Country Ceramics

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Earthenware

Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Tankard, London, 1861
By Augustus George Piesse
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique Victorian sterling silver tankard with decorative floral engravings Made in London 1861 Maker: Augustus George Piesse Fully hallmarked. Dimensions - Size : 12.7 x 9 x...
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Antique 1860s British Victorian Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Miniature Silver Tankard Peppers Casters, London, 1885
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Pair of antique silver pepper pots in the form of Tankards, London 1885, Martin Goldstein. The peppers of plain style, crested with a unicorn’s head, upper and lower reeded borders, ...
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Antique 19th Century English Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

J. Kelly English 1788 Georgian Sterling Silver Tankard Mug
Located in New York, NY
1788 sterling silver tankard mug by John Kelly, a London-based silversmith, from the Georgian era with applied decorations on the handle and in beautiful, elegant design. It measures...
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Antique 1780s American Georgian Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

19th Century Blue Vienna Tankard with Lid
Located in London, GB
19th century Royal Vienna Porcelain lidded tankard, gilt metal above the handle and attached to the lid, decoration all around the out side and on the inner lid, blue beehive mark st...
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Ceramics

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Porcelain

  • 19th Century Blue Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Blue Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Blue Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Blue Vienna Tankard with Lid
H 5.91 in. W 3.35 in. D 5.52 in.
19th Century Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
Located in London, GB
19th century royal Vienna porcelain lidded tankard, gilt metal in the shape of crown above the handle and attached to the lid, decoration all around the out side and on the inner lid...
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

  • 19th Century Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
H 6.5 in. W 3.55 in. D 5.91 in.
19th Century Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
Located in London, GB
19th century royal Vienna porcelain lidded tankard, gilt metal in the shape of a ball above the handle and attached to the lid, decoration all around the out side and on the inner li...
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

  • 19th Century Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
H 6.11 in. W 3.55 in. D 5.91 in.
Sterling Silver Georgian Tankard Dublin 1775 Matthew West
By Matthew West
Located in London, GB
A rare antique Georgian Sterling silver lidded tankard dating dork the 18th century, with an S scroll handle with foliate thumb piece attached to a high domed cover. Both body and c...
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Antique 18th Century British Georgian Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Antique German KPM Porcelain Lidded Bartmann Jug Tankard
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Antique German KPM Porcelain Lidded Bartmann Jug Tankard. 19th century German Bellarmine Bartmann jug with bearded man from the Porcelain Manufactory KPM Berlin. Jugs like this ar...
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Antique Mid-19th Century German Renaissance Porcelain

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Pewter

Antique Queen Anne Britannia Standard Silver Quart Tankard
By John Cory
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A magnificent, fine and impressive, rare antique Queen Anne English Britannia standard silver quart tankard; an addition to our range of collectable 18th century silverware This m...
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Antique Early 1700s British More Dining and Entertaining

Materials

Sterling Silver

Sterling Britannia Silver Queen Anne Tankard London 1707
By John Fawdery
Located in London, GB
A magnificent antique Queen Anne Britannia Standard silver Tankard with a flat topped hinged lid. Of tapering cylindrical form with spreading footing an S scroll handle. There is a...
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Antique 18th Century British Queen Anne Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

1711 Antique Queen Anne Britannia Standard Silver Tankard
By Timothy Ley
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Queen Anne English Britannia standard silver tankard; an addition to our range of collectable 18th century silverware This exceptional ...
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Antique 1710s British Queen Anne Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Antique George III Sterling Silver Half Pint Tankard
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Georgian sterling silver half pint lady's tankard; part of our wine and drink related silverware collection. This exceptional antique G...
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Antique 1780s English Georgian Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Antique Sterling Silver Quart and a Half Tankard, 1820
By William Bateman I
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive, large antique George IV English sterling silver quart and a half tankard made by William Bateman I; an addition to our silver tankard collection....
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Antique 1820s British Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

Tankard with Famille Rose Decoration, Bow C5145
By Bow Porcelain
Located in Melbourne, AU
Baluster-shaped tankard, decorated with a pattern taken form the Chinese, in the famille rose-verte palette. It is amusing to note how the house on a hill in the original has been me...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English Chinoiserie Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Large Vienna Silver and Enamel Tankard, circa 1875
Located in New York, NY
Large Vienna silver and enamel tankard, circa 1875.
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Antique 1870s Austrian Sterling Silver

Materials

Enamel, Silver

Glazed Ceramic Owl Form Tankard with Pewter Mounts
Located in Stamford, CT
An extremely charming stoneware tankard in the form of an owl. With a two toned gray and blue glaze and handsome pewter mounts. The thumb lift depicting a female face within a heart ...
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Antique Late 19th Century German Black Forest Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

Pewter Tankard Engraved Billiard Match, H. Littledale V. A.C. Isham
Located in Oxfordshire, GB
Billiard / Snooker trophy. A glass bottom pewter tankard with hinged dome topped lid with scrolling thumb rest. The antique pewter tankard engraved "Billiard Match, H. Littledale V....
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Sporting Art Barware

Materials

Pewter

Imari Decorated Tankard, Bow Porcelain Factory, circa 1753
By Bow Porcelain
Located in Melbourne, AU
One and-a-half pint mug of baluster form with flared base and large strap-handle with heart-shaped terminal. Painted after the Imari with an oriental garden. Prov: Taylor Collecti...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English Chinoiserie Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Impressive Large Silver Tankard, Mappin Brothers, London, 1900
By Mappin Brothers
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique large sterling silver tankard, with various floral scripture engravings Maker: Mappin Brothers Made in London, 1900 Fully hallmarked. Dimensions: Length 19.5 cm Diam...
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Antique Early 1900s British Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Hamburg Silver Tankard by Peter Ohr I., around 1660
Located in Bamberg, DE
Silver with partial gilding, marked Hamburg inspection of 1654-74 and master mark Peter Ohr I (1647-62). The bead and the lid with a frieze of naturalistic tulip and daffodil blossom...
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Antique Mid-17th Century German Baroque Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver

Creamware Mocha Large Tankard with Bands of Diamonds
Located in Downingtown, PA
Stunning creamware mocha large tankard with bands of diamonds, circa 1800-1820,   The charming and striking cylindrical mug with a creamware body is decorated with nine bands o...
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Antique Late 18th Century English Georgian Pottery

Materials

Creamware, Pottery

Vintage Art Deco Sterling Silver Mug Tankard 1936
Located in London, GB
An Art Deco solid Silver Mug in an elegant, understated design. The body of the Mug is in plain polished silver with engraved reeded bands around the body and the foot of the Mug. M...
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20th Century English Art Deco Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Gerald Benney, Vintage Sterling Silver Tankard, London, 1971
By Gerald Benney
Located in Braintree, GB
Gerald Benney - vintage sterling silver tankard Maker: Gerald Benney Made in London, 1971 Fully hallmarked. Dimensions: Length 13.8 cm Width 10 cm Height 13.1 cm Weight: 48...
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Vintage 1970s British Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Bow Porcelain Chinoiserie Tankard, Bow, London, 1760-1765
By Bow Porcelain
Located in Downingtown, PA
Bow porcelain Chinoiserie tankard, Bow, London, 1760-1765. The unusually painted polychrome Bow porcelain tankard depicts Chinoiserie figures sitting around a low table with a p...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English Georgian Barware

Materials

Porcelain

1820s Antique George IV Sterling Silver Half Pint Tankard
By Richard Pearce
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George IV sterling silver half pint tankard, part of our wine and drink related silverware collection. This exceptional antique George ...
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Antique 1820s English George IV Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

19th Century Pink Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
Located in London, GB
A beautiful 19th century pink Royal Vienna Porcelain lidded tankard, gilt metal above the handle and attached to the lid, depicting three semi naked women and a putti, blue beehive m...
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

  • 19th Century Pink Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Pink Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Pink Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
  • 19th Century Pink Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
H 7.09 in. W 3.55 in. D 5.91 in.
Antique Georgian Silver Covered Tankard, London 1788 John Robins
By John Robins
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Antique Georgian silver covered Tankard, London 1788 John Robins. The tankard of slightly flared cylindrical form, reeded body, foliate capped shield shape handle, open shell form th...
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Antique 1780s English Georgian Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

George I Silver Rococo Silver Lidded Tankard by John Penfold
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
John Penfold (aka penford) makers mark rococo silver lidded tankard, circa 1723. Here we have a beautiful silver lidded tankard in the rococo style.  The interior is gilded and ...
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Antique Early 18th Century English Rococo Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

1810s Antique Sterling Silver Quart Tankard by Dorothy Langlands
By Dorothy Langlands
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Georgian Newcastle sterling silver quart tankard made by Dorothy Langlands, an addition to our silver tankard collection. This exceptio...
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Antique 1810s English George IV Serving Pieces

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique 1926 Sterling Silver Tankard by Elkington & Co Ltd
By Elkington & Co.
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George V English sterling silver flat topped tankard made by Elkington and Co Ltd; part of our wine and drink related silverware collectio...
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Vintage 1920s English Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

20th Century Italian Sterling Silver Tankard George I Style
By Arval Argenti Valenza
Located in VALENZA, IT
Sterling silver lidded big and heavy tankard in a George I style, having a plain straight-sided body with an applied reeded band, a hinged dome lid with thumb-piece, a scroll handle,...
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Vintage 1980s Italian George I Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

19th Century Signed Royal Vienna Tankard with Lid
Located in London, GB
19th century Royal Vienna Porcelain lidded tankard, gilt metal in the shape of a crown above the handle and attached to the lid, depicting group of people chatting, blue beehive mark...
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

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Tankards For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of tankards is available at 1stDibs. Each of these unique tankards was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, silver and sterling silver. Tankards have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Tankards bearing Georgian or Victorian hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Many tankards are appealing in their simplicity, but Bow Porcelain, Elkington & Co. and Arval Argenti Valenza produced popular tankards that are worth a look.

How Much are Tankards?

Tankards can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $3,037, while the lowest priced sells for $53 and the highest can go for as much as $95,000.

Finding the Right Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass for You

Your dining room table is a place where stories are shared and personalities shine — why not treat yourself and your guests to the finest antique and vintage glass, silver, ceramics and serveware for your meals?

Just like the people who sit around your table, your serveware has its own stories and will help you create new memories with your friends and loved ones. From ceramic pottery to glass vases, set your table with serving pieces that add even more personality, color and texture to your dining experience.

Invite serveware from around the world to join your table settings. For special occasions, dress up your plates with a striking Imari charger from 19th-century Japan or incorporate Richard Ginori’s Italian porcelain plates into your dining experience. Celebrate the English ritual of afternoon tea with a Japanese tea set and an antique Victorian kettle. No matter how big or small your dining area is, there is room for the stories of many cultures and varied histories, and there are plenty of ways to add pizzazz to your meals.

Add different textures and colors to your table with dinner plates and pitchers of ceramic and silver or a porcelain lidded tureen, a serving dish with side handles that is often used for soups. Although porcelain and ceramic are both made in a kiln, porcelain is made with more refined clay and is more durable than ceramic because it is denser. The latter is ideal for statement pieces — your tall mid-century modern ceramic vase is a guaranteed conversation starter. And while your earthenware or stoneware is maybe better suited to everyday lunches as opposed to the fine bone china you’ve reserved for a holiday meal, handcrafted studio pottery coffee mugs can still be a rich expression of your personal style.

“My motto is ‘Have fun with it,’” says author and celebrated hostess Stephanie Booth Shafran. “It’s yin and yang, high and low, Crate & Barrel with Christofle silver. I like to mix it up — sometimes in the dining room, sometimes on the kitchen banquette, sometimes in the loggia. It transports your guests and makes them feel more comfortable and relaxed.”

Introduce elegance at supper with silver, such as a platter from celebrated Massachusetts silversmith manufacturer Reed and Barton or a regal copper-finish flatware set designed by International Silver Company, another New England company that was incorporated in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1898. By then, Meriden had already earned the nickname “Silver City” for its position as a major hub of silver manufacturing.

At the bar, try a vintage wine cooler to keep bottles cool before serving or an Art Deco decanter and whiskey set for after-dinner drinks — there are many possibilities and no wrong answers for tableware, barware and serveware. Explore an expansive collection of antique and vintage glass, ceramics, silver and serveware today on 1stDibs.

Questions About Tankards
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    There are a few different stories around why tankards have glass bottoms. One is that it’s to let the drinker better inspect their drink and its clarity. Another is that it allowed them to see whether a bar fight was about to happen, even when they were sipping. Browse a range of antique and contemporary tankards on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Tankards were widely used for drinking ales. They were widely used in Germany, Great Britain and in the Scandinavian countries. Metal tankards generally had a glass bottom, and legend has it, this was designed as a way to avoid conscription. If the drinker saw a coin in the bottom of the glass, they would refuse the drink, thus avoiding conscription. You’ll find a variety of tankards from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A German tankard is called a stein. The word is a shortened form of the German word Steinkrug, which means "stone jug." Many steins have hinged lids that help keep the beer inside fresh between sips. You'll find a selection of antique and vintage steins on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Before ceramics were common for household goods, pewter was the material of choice for tankards. The earliest pewter tankards date back to the mid-17th century. Pewter was a practical choice, especially for pubs, because it was durable and inexpensive. It was also very easy to care for, in fact, dented mugs can even be reshaped. It should be noted that older pewter was made using lead, which is poisonous, but today’s pewter is lead-free. Shop a collection of tankards from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.