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Silver glass bottomed quart mug

£1,240
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Year: 1861
Place: London
Product ID SC352-16
Height 150mm (6”)
Diameter 105mm (4")
This fine sterling silver court mug with a cast scroll handle is in a beautifully simple, straight-sided design. It was made by Hunt & Roskell, royal silversmiths to Queen Victoria, and it is a recreation of a Queen Anne glass bottomed silver mug that would have been popular circa 1705 and which continued to be made over the centuries with little variation. The flat thumb piece, scroll shaped handle and moulded foot and rim are again typical of the period. Going to sea was not a popular job in Nelson’s era and so press gangs would tour pubs to enlist new recruits to man the ships. One of their tricks was to get their targeted recruits drunk and drop a coin into men’s tankards. If they drank the beer and saw the King’s Shilling at the bottom, they were considered to have accepted the contract. Publicans objected to losing good custom and so introduced a glass-bottomed tankard. Men could check for a coin underneath and opt to leave the beer alone and hence evade conscription.

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