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 information.
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 century onwards.
Contact: 01244 353119.