Pewter Tankards and Flagons
Continental: 18th and Early 19th Centuries
Flagon 2 Tankard Detail Flagon 3 Flagon Detail

Tankard
8.25 inches high; 5.75 inches
diameter, base
Hinged lid with incised bird decoration, ornate handle, sides with incised floral motif and religious figure.  Maker’s stamped design inside base.
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Flagon
9.25 inches high; 4.75 inches
diameter, base
Hinged lid with spout surmounted by eagle finial or knop.  Raised arabesque vine decorations on side above engraved text in German; dated 1750.

Flagon 1 Flagon 4 Flagon Detail Flagon 7

Tankard
8.5 inches high; 4.75 inches diameter, base
Lid and sides incised with geometric and floral motifs.
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Flagon
11.5 inches high; 6 inches diameter, base
Long spout extending from base, the spout supported with a human-form arm and hand, lid having decorated hinge.

Tankard
11 inches high; 5 inches, diameter
Simple design with decorated handle.  Maker’s stamped design inside base.
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Flagon 8 Flagon Detail

Flagon
12 inches high; 4 inches, diameter
Simple design, spout with hinged cap.  Cover also hinged with locking mechanism.  Maker’s stamped design inside base.
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Flagon 6 Tankard Detail Flagon 5 Tankard Detail

Tankard
8.5 inches high; 4.5 inches, diameter
Simple design having engraved initials “F. P.,” the spout with intricately engraved stag hunting motif.  Maker’s stamped design inside base.
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Tankard
10.75 inches high; 4.5 inches diameter, base
Long and slender, simple designs.  Stamped design inside base.
Bottom with hand-etched initials, dated 1820.
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Pewter Tankards
Continental: 18th and Early 19th Centuries
Sizes and motifs indicated above
$450 each

A collection of antique Continental pewter tankards and flagons.  A tankard is a tall mug with hinged lid, usually cylindrical or bulbous.  A flagon is a similarly shaped pitcher with handle, spout, and hinged lid. Nonetheless, the terms are fairly loosely used, so the difference between tankard, mug, flagon, and pitcher generally is not absolute.

As a collection, they exhibit a range of decorative possibilities -- in this case vessels with handles and lids (and the flagons with spouts), characterized by clean silhouettes, employing various shapes and decorations.  The incised or raised decoration varies, including classical, geometric, and nature motifs, and inscriptions.  One has an eagle-form finial or knop.  Another has an arm and hand supporting the spout. They are variously impressed with maker’s marks (some elaborately designed) and initials.

Pewter, an alloy of tin with other metals, was widely used in the 18th century; though not cheap, it was more affordable than silver.  While most of the tankards and flagons shown here are undated, they probably were made in Germany and Eastern Europe between in the 18th Century through the early 19th Century, after which the popularity of pewter waned in favor of crockery and other materials.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall wear and scratches.  Some with minor dents, repairs, etc.  Please inquire for more detailed condition report for specific examples.