The tankard is a rough copy of some of the artifacts unearthed at the site of the Three Cranes Tavern in Charlestown, MA, which was burned down at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. I made several on a consignment but Covid put an end to that. The originals, which are in the attached pictures, were larger, called schooners at the Bell In Hand in Boston. They were larger because the drinkers handed them around, along with the clay pipes for communal use. Not usual today.
I made more tankards but I'm holding them for the possible use by the original patron.
These tankards are made from stoneware clay since it is much less porous than the original earthenware. This makes them sanitary and more easily cleaned. It also makes them more durable. The early potters must have had a good business making replacements for broken earthenware.
The clay used is a buff stoneware. The inside is glazed with a dark clay gloss glaze. The outside is coated in a red earthenware slip which, at stoneware temperatures, is sintered to a rough matt redish brown, somewhat similar to the 18th century artifacts. The white trim is a copy of other colonial tankards of the 18th century. The white dot was used to lable the tankard for a specific patron. A sharpie may work but may be hard to wash off. I think the colonials used crayon.
The tankard hold 17ozs, a pint plus, and measures 5 inches tall and 3-3/4 inches diameter. It weighs without packing 17 ozs. Cheers!
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