Dating brass tankards

View our range of Tankards in a variety of designs, materials and sizes.

As with our “beer steins”, pass cups are made of almost every material: brass, copper, clear and colored glass, pewter, stoneware, creamware, all wood, wood with silver or brass, ivory, and many done in silver.

Those in silver are of course now worth more than their precious metal weight.

Yes they are misunderstood (and I will explain the use of that term later) and even scorned by the hygienists and sanitizers of this, the germ-free 21th century.

I paid less than $100 for that first 1800’s pewter pass cup of mine: cheap, but it had long ago been abused and needed a small amount of restoration work. They have been called other names throughout history by various peoples and cultures.

The factors that influence these judgments of age are style, construction, markings, patina and wear.

The oldest singing bowls were likely plain, thick and made of metal that was not of uniform consistency.

Antique beer steins, mugs and tankards are prized for their craftsmanship and colorful ornamentation and scenes. from Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially from the city of Mettlach, whose potteries produced thousands of the vessels.

They can be found in many styles and materials, including copper, pewter, silver, pottery, ivory, porcelain, glass and wood.

Coincidentally, the same month I bought that pewter tankard, Master Steinologist John Ey’s article, “Stand beside me, Winston! 74, December 1983, Page 1124), featuring a two-handled English pass cup, appeared.

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