As far as I can tell glass tankards have been going for at least 250 years. I didn't set out to collect tankards and the ones I have are opportunistic purchases and if further opportunities to pick up something nice and cheap occurred I will be adding to this section. The ones I do have are all kind of mid-20th century.

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Description, References and Size

This is a Strombergshyttan optically molded "Straw" tankard. Elfverson pattern number E.443. Designed by Hugh Dunne Cooke or Gerda Stromberg in the 1930s.

As per the other glass, this jug has the same soft shape but what you can't tell from the picture is that the jug is designed to hold 3.5 pints, so it is pretty big. You are going to need strong wrists to pour it.

Like the vase above it has six vertical optical panels.

Reference: The Journal of The Glass Association Journal Volume 8 2008, Page 61

Height: 11 inches

Width: 7.5 inches

This is a Thomas Webb "Ribbonette" pattern half pint tankard in uranium green. Pattern number 33130, made c.1910-28.

The book tells me this pattern was introduced in 1910 and was still in the 1927-28 catalogue. I personally feel this glass is later, and they carried on making these beyond 1928. That's only my opinion though.

Reference: 20th Century British Glass, Charles Hajdamach, page 54 and 433.

Height: 4 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

This is a Thomas Webb "Ribbonette" pattern one pint tankard in dark brown. Pattern number 33130, made c.1910-28.

Colour wise this feels like it's earlier than the uranium green tankard. This feels like it's more of a 1920s colour as opposed to the uranium green seeming like 1930s. Of course I may just be smoking something and dreaming. I only ever seen these tankards in uranium green, dark brown and clear.

Reference: 20th Century British Glass, Charles Hajdamach, page 54 and 433.

Height: 4.75 inches

Width: 7 inches

This is a Stevens and Williams half pint tankard, engraved with a fox hunting scene of huntsman and hounds chasing a fox. Designed by Tom Jones circa.1950s.

Somehow I don't think this would fly today as fox hunting is such a controversial subject. This tankard was kind of in with a lot of glass of the period, as you can find many cheap bits of glass with coloured transfers of fox hunting scenes from the 1950s and 60s. This is clearly the upmarket version of those glasses.

Reference: A Manual on Etching and Engraving Glass, G. M. Heddle. plate 5.

Height: 5.5 inches

Width: 6 inches

This is a Stuart Crystal half pint tankard, engraved with a stylised leaf motifs. The pattern is called Woodchester. Designed by Ludwig Kny circa.1930s.

This tankard is a part of the huge range of glasses from the Stuart Crystal Woodchester pattern. This particular tankard would have been made post war as the prewar version of Woodshester has etched spots between the leaves, and the post war version does not.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, Page 239.

Reference: British Glass Between the Wars, Roger Dodsworth, pages 97 & 98

Reference: Stuart Crystal Catalogues

Height: 5 inches

Width: 5.5 inches

This is a Dartington commemorative tankard with a wide base and an applied seal commemorating 200 years of American independence. Marked on the base No.2801 1976 and with original clear plastic label with a large gold capital D, surrounded by the words DARTINGTON ENGLAND in black. It is Dartington pattern number F1/1976 and made in 1976.

Dartington made between 5,000 and 10,000 commemorative tankards with different seals on every year. This is the 1976 version of it. If you are an obsessive kind of person you might want to try and get them all. Not me though, I'm not obsessive at all.

Reference: Dartington Glass the First Twenty Years 1967-1987, page 147.

Reference:Miller's 20th Century Glass, page 244.


Height: 4.25 inches

Width: 5 inches