Bonhams’ Chester rooms will offer the Michael Boorer Pewter Collection on November 22, providing an opportunity for pewter collectors to bid for items used in pubs 300 to 400 years ago.
The mugs represent a unique view into the
tavern culture of the 17th/18th century as they not only show
regional types and styles, but some have the name of the public
house engraved on them along with the landlord's details.
Theft of mugs was a real problem in the 18th
century with mugs 'going walking' - hence the engraved
Shown here is a fine, 5in (12.5cm) high,
tulip-shaped gadrooned mug of ale-pint capacity, c.1710, which
comes with an estimate of £4000-6000. The collection also includes
an extensive group of small British wine measures from the 17th
Contact: 01244 353119.