Our gorgeous heavy weight one pint pewter tankard is one of the most iconic and historically significant tankards of the range, telling as it does the story of how Naval press gangs used to trick drinkers to enlist using glass bottomed tankards.
The straight sided, heavy gauge tankard is complete with text that reads; ‘The King’s Shilling, England’s navy while being the life line for the small island nation were always short of trained sailors. To get more men to join the navy the press gangs were sent out to recruit men between the ages of 18 and 55 some would be knocked unconscious, threatened with a sword, pistol or musket, or plied with ale. Others would find a shilling at the bottom of their tankard of ale and since they were in possession for the king’s shilling, they were in the navy. This led to landlords using glass bottom tankards.’
This classic tankard has a glass bottom, and the King’s Shilling encased inside.