1 Pint King's Shilling Pewter Tankard With Glass Bottom

1 Pint King's Shilling Pewter Tankard With Glass Bottom

£47.00

"Top service will use company again." Read the full story below of how the King’s shilling has become a symbol of joining the armed forces. 

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Code: TK062
  • Antique
  • Standard (Polished)
  • Satin

 
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Product Description

Taking the King’s shilling is an expression which means to enlist in the armed forces. Some new recruits still use this expression today, but say ‘take the Queens’ shilling. It started long ago, during the time of the Napoleonic War, when there was a great need to increase the strength of the navy. Young men were not rushing to join the navy even though the incentive was a shilling. There were 20 shillings in a pound and so this is now like a 5p piece. But at the time, it was the equivalent of maybe a week’s pay, which was quite a lot if you were in a low paid job.

When the navy recruiting officers could not get enough men to enlist, it is said that they used to get the young men drunk. They would then slip a shilling into their pint of ale, and when the poor young man finished his drink he had no option but to go to the navy. He could protest but the court would see accepting the King’s shilling as evidence, even if he had been drunk.

This was clearly not good for business in the ale houses of the time and so the landlords asked the pewterers to make tankards with a glass bottom. This would let drinkers see that there was no shilling in the bottom of their tankard, and would give customers confidence to drink at that pub.

This tankard has a glass bottom and has a genuine shilling sealed inside it. As our coins change with each monarch, your particular shilling may have the Queen’s head, but the reference is the same. It is the perfect present for any young man joining the armed forces. And a good time to give it might be after his passing out parade.

But you don’t need to have military connections to enjoy the reference of the king’s shilling tankard. Anyone can appreciate it and tell the story of the king’s shilling to others, especially visitors to your pub. They may not believe you, of course, but that’s the best part of a good yarn.

 

Features

  • 1 pint capacity

  • Real shilling in base, but we cannot guarantee the date or monarch on the shilling

  • Made in the UK from lead-free pewter by renowned pewter manufacturers to the highest standards

  • Dimensions: Height: 125mm, Diameter (base): 115mm

  • Comes boxed with an optional presentation box

  • This tankard is made to an accurate size which allows it to carry an official government stamp for use in licensed premises. Additional costs and restrictions for this apply please contact us for further details.

 

Engraving

  • Engraved with our computer controlled diamond tipped engraving machine

  • Good choice of fonts for text engraving, or supply your own in .ttf format

  • Personal logos can be engraved if you send us suitably clear graphics

  • Read full details on our Engraving Information page

 

Product Specifications

SKU TK062
Weight 430g
Dimensions (Approx) Height: 13.3cm, Width (inc. handle): 12cm, Diameter (Base): 10.5cm
Capacity 1 Pint

Reviews

Incredible service Review by Toots of Pulborough
We bought the King's Shilling tankard for our grandson's 18th birthday, he was delighted and so were we. The quality is excellent, engraving just what we wanted and delivery so quick just 2 days. The blue presentation box was well worth the money and all in all could not have asked for better service - well done. (Posted on 10/07/2017)
Quality item Review by Dave Noonan
Tankard with shilling in the glass base. Item was out of stock at time of ordering, but was delivered in time for my Brother's birthday - he was delighted with it. Many Thanks. (Posted on 28/07/2016)
What fantastic service. Review by Diane McGuire
Just amazed by the website, the quality of the tankard, the engraving, the service & super fast delivery. Even the time of the delivery was tracked down to a one hour window. Really happy. (Posted on 13/06/2014)
What a Keepsake!! Review by Jarrod David
I am so pleased with my new tankard.What a Keepsake to have! A special thank you to Samantha who went above and beyond to ensure my order was the way I wanted it! Very fast processing and shipping, I could not be happier!!! (Posted on 28/03/2014)
Superb Tankard Review by Bryan Jones
I ordered my Tankard on monday evening.I asked for engraving to be added and received the tankard two days later(Even though I changed the text the following morning). I am impressed with both the quality of Tankard and the speed that I received my purchase. Top service will use company again. (Posted on 11/10/2012)
Excellent service. Review by Nina Jones
The tankard came within 2 days and was exactly what we expected. The quality is of a high standard and would highly recommend. Many thanks. (Posted on 23/08/2012)
Very pleased with my tankard! Review by Lindsey Wilks
Have just received this tankard (it's 10am on a Saturday - I only placed my order on Thursday evening), I'm amazed by the quick delivery!
I've just inspected the tankard before hiding it, ready to give on Valentines day. It's really beautiful, the pewter looks wonderful & the engraving was exactly as I asked for (I wanted it quite discreet around the bottom rim).
I'm so pleased that I may not wait & give it to him now! (Posted on 04/02/2012)
Reliable Company Review by Mo Glos
I ordered this item using this Company for the first time.Excellent speed of delivery and the item was top quality at a very competitive price. (Posted on 23/01/2012)
Blooming Amazing Review by Kayla Y
I ordered this as a Father's Day present with engraving and received it the next morning. I am so happy with the finished product, will definitely recommend or use again if the need arises.
Thank you. (Posted on 16/06/2011)
Very pleased with the tankard Review by Colin Steele
Very pleased with the tankard. Though my RN days are long gone it brings back fond memories. It is also a great talking point. Oh yes, it's also great to drink out of. As with my other purchase, a flask, delivery was quick and painless. (Posted on 25/08/2010)
Fantastic Review by Peter Wakeling
this save,s you going to the bar.a fantastic made. .one great head turner in the pub.cheers (Posted on 15/06/2010)
Quality tankard and perfect engraving Review by Robert Macfarlane
Quality tankard and perfect engraving, delivery was also spot on. Paid for special delivery and received it, complete with engraving, only 3 days later. Very impressed!

Rob M. Cheshire. (Posted on 03/08/2009)

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