c1850 Dover Castle Stamped Pair of Pewter Tankards


Two c1850 English Pewter Tankards with lovely patina, of different sizes, but both with stamps that indicate they were originally property of Dover Castle, in Kent, England.
The 2 tankards were probably used by the military complement of the castle. The largest is baluster shaped and holds a Quart, or 2 pints. It has an inspector’s portcullis mark on the top rim and also a stamped 2 towered castellated fortress with DOVER. The condition is very good, with hardly a ding to the pewter. The handle has had some resoldering to the rim in the past and its patina matches the rest.
The other tankard holds a Pint and has slight tapering sides. It is also stamped with the castle mark and DOVER, On the front there is an engraved name, but we haven’t been able to decipher it. On the top rim, by the handle is engraved ‘Pint’. Condition is good, with just a few small bruises.
Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent, England, which was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the ‘Key to England’ due to its defensive significance at the closest point to the rest of Europe. During the Napoleonic period, some 800 troops were garrisoned there. This was reduced after Waterloo ad the castle took on a more anti-smuggling role. In the 1860, the defences were modernised and strengthened with the addition of large guns that were capable of firing far out to sea against the new threat of steam-driven ironclad warships.
Height 1: 16.5 cm (6 ½ inches)
Height 2: 10.8 cm (3 ½ inches)
Weight: 1366 g