Cypress Tankard, with white oak lid, iron bound
These tankards were made using traditional cooper's hand tools. Each one holds over 1 quart and are based on a tankard found along the Thames River, London foreshore. The original is thought to be dated to the 17th century. The traditional methods used to make them ensure a water tight fit without the use of glue, wax, pitch, etc. They are made from seasoned wood and are quite dry to start with. However, like all cooperage, if they are used for liquids they need to be kept wet and used each day or they will dry out and possibly fall apart. The hoops are the only thing holding them together.
I added a hexafoil symbol to the bottom of this tankard. These sorts of marks were prevalent in Western culture for thousands of years. They were believed to hold apotropaic magic, used to repel bad luck and/or evil spirits.
This tankard has a white oak lid with an oak pin. The lid may be removed by removing the pin.