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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T511
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1700 - 1800


This fine wooden tankard, made from burr birch wood, is Swedish, dating from the 18th century, and is a superb example of craftsmanship at its best. The body has been turned to produce remarkably thin walls which have then been fluted and studded with bone.Many of the characteristics of this tankard, including the vertical flutes and berry feet, were usually found on silver vessels in this period. It is possible, therefore, that this example was not intended to be used for drinking, but as a pattern piece for a silver tankard instead.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Medium:Carved. Turned.
Place of Origin:Sweden


Height:18.5 cm
Width:18 cm