1 Pint King's Shilling Pewter Tankard With Glass Bottom

1 Pint King's Shilling Pewter Tankard With Glass Bottom


"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.



  • 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.



  • 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

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


Excellent Service Review by A Lee
Ordered this 4pm, and it arrived complete with our custom engraving, at 10am the next day. So pleased with this product, the tankard itself looks great quality, and the engraving is exactly what we wanted. A perfect present for a highly respected colleague. Would definitely use this service again. Thank you so much (Posted on 27/02/2020)
Excellent Review by Anon
Excellent service and the quality of the engraving and the tankard, superb. They emailed pictures of the engraving for approval first and then very quickly got it done and out for delivery. Would definitely use them again. (Posted on 05/12/2019)
Great Product Review by Sue White
Amazing service and a great product! I submitted my own artwork and had a mock up sent to me to approve before they went ahead, all super quick! Cant wait to give the finished piece to my husband for his birthday!!!
(Posted on 01/12/2019)
Quality Tankard Review by Steve
Great service, great quality tankard. Would definitely recommend. (Posted on 04/10/2019)
Lovely Review by Sarah and Jacob
Pretty engraving, lovely tankard (Posted on 05/09/2019)
very happy Review by Germain
Very happy that my order could be changed before shipping. Very good product and service (Posted on 03/09/2019)
Excellent Review by Peter Wallace
I had excellent customer service, the product I received is just what I wanted and excellent quality. I would highly recommend buyatankard to anyone looking for an engraved tankard (Posted on 28/08/2019)
Great Review by Chris Blake
great tankard great service thank you (Posted on 16/08/2019)
highly recommend Review by Michael
Very efficient, helped with an error in the date, (my fault) excellent product. I highly recommend this company and will use them again.
(Posted on 07/08/2019)
Nice Review by Simon
Nice Tankard (Posted on 16/07/2019)
Delighted Review by Sarah Green
Delighted with the quality and fantastic service. Will definitely shop here again. (Posted on 04/07/2019)
Great Site Review by Jake
Great site and service - very user friendly and a nice range of tankards. (Posted on 15/05/2019)
Would recommend Review by T
Not the cheapest online tankard - But this is a really Top quality product, that's also delivered safely & swiftly. Would recommend .
(Posted on 29/04/2019)
Thrilled Review by Sandra Boreham-Green
Very pleased with service received. E-mails to keep customer updated. Prompt delivery. Thrilled with products quality.
(Posted on 01/04/2019)
would not hesitate to recommend Review by L TRAINOR
A great way to buy a unique gift. The service was really quick, the tankard and engraving are great quality. I chose the Kings shilling tankard with an image we supplied for engraving and a birthday message. I honestly couldn’t be happier and would not hesitate to recommend (Posted on 18/03/2019)
Beautiful Review by Marianne Schillings-Severin
Beautiful product, kind and helpful assistance and rapid and safe expedition. Thank you very much. (Posted on 06/03/2019)
more than pleased Review by Allison Taylor
First purchase and more than pleased with it. Kings shilling engraved for my sons 21st looks fantastic and I'm sure he is going to love it thankyou (Posted on 25/02/2019)
A much loved present Review by Liam Timms
Very good service, prompt with the artwork for approval and a fantastic job of the engraving. A much loved present for a retiring colleague!
(Posted on 07/01/2019)
Fantastic Review by Sarah Brooks-Fisher
Fantastic service, immediate dispatch and arrived on Christmas Eve despite very late ordering! Really pleased with the tankard and engraving too. Many thanks! (Posted on 07/01/2019)
fantastic Review by Isabel Howat
Can’t thank David enough, it’s absolutely amazing! So so happy with the fantastic service and the end product. (Posted on 19/12/2018)
Suburb Quality Review by James Roberts
Superb quality, bought the Kings Shilling tankard for my nephews 18th, Kings Shilling model with antique finish and looked great, nice heavy weight to it. He was also given by others 2 more but they seemed cheap and nasty and lightweight in comparison. Really pleased with it and would recommend highly (and the antique finish is far nicer that shiny) (Posted on 17/10/2018)
Excellent service Review by Jean Bulmer
Ordering was delightfully easy, executed quickly, delivered promptly and superb quality. The packaging is exceptional, with an attractive box and a velvet bag and there are care instructions for those who have never owned pewter before. The logo I uploaded was etched perfectly. This is a Passing Out present and I feel it does justice to the occasion

JHB 7/08/18 (Posted on 07/08/2018)
1pint kings shilling pewter tankard with glass bottom Review by Irene Duffy
This was a gift for my grandson we were very pleased with the finished result also the excellent service from David so very obliging nothing too much trouble.
Thank you (Posted on 18/01/2018)
really excellent Review by NEIL
fantastic product very reasonably priced and fantastic service,cheers,thank you (Posted on 18/11/2017)
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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