18C American Colonial Pewter Tankard fbt Davenport

PRESENTING a GLORIOUS piece of EARLY AMERICANA, namely, a Colonial 18C American Colonial Pewter Tankard fbt Davenport.

“fbt’ stands for ‘formerly belonging to’ a Mr. Davenport, who name is carved into the base. The lid has the initials “S.H.” carved into a central medallion.

This is a very large and heavy tankard. Initially, we thought it was made of lead but now we are firmly of the opinion that it is a very heavy and thick pewter.

The lid is hinged with a large thumb lever. It has a single handle and is ‘bulbous’ in shape.

Based upon it’s style, construction and ancient natural patina and obvious signs of natural age we are of the opinion that this is an American Colonial piece from the early to mid-18th Century, circa 1700 – 1750.

Holds 5 Quarts of ale !!



If only this piece could talk it would have some incredible tales to tell about early Colonial America !


The Thirteen Colonies, also known as the Thirteen British Colonies[2] or the Thirteen American Colonies,[3] were a group of British colonies on the Atlantic coast of America founded in the 17th and 18th centuries which declared independence in 1776 and formed the United States of America. The Thirteen Colonies had very similar political, constitutional, and legal systems and were dominated by Protestant English-speakers. They were part of Britain’s possessions in the New World, which also included colonies in Canada, the Caribbean, and Florida.

Between 1625 and 1775, the colonial population grew from roughly 2,000 to 2.4 million, displacing American Indians. This population included people subject to a system of slavery which was legal in all of the colonies prior to the American Revolutionary War.[4] In the 18th century, the British government operated its colonies under a policy of mercantilism, in which the central government administered its possessions for the economic benefit of the mother country.

The Thirteen Colonies had a high degree of self-governance and active local elections, and they resisted London’s demands for more control. The French and Indian War (1754–63) against France and its Indian allies led to growing tensions between Britain and the Thirteen Colonies. In the 1750s, the colonies began collaborating with one another instead of dealing directly with Britain. These inter-colonial activities cultivated a sense of shared American identity and led to calls for protection of the colonists’ “Rights as Englishmen“, especially the principle of “no taxation without representation“. Grievances with the British government led to the American Revolution, in which the colonies collaborated in forming the Continental Congress. The colonists fought the American Revolutionary War (1775–83) with the aid of France and, to a significantly smaller degree, the Dutch Republic and Spain.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteen_Colonies


18C American Colonial Pewter Tankard fbt Davenport

Provenance: From a Private New England Collection.

Condition: It has all the evidence of natural aging. It has a small crack where the lid connects to the thumb lever and signs of a very old or ancient repair in the same area. Otherwise, the piece has some indentations as one would expect from a piece this age and made of soft metal.

Dimensions: 14″ Tall, 9″ wide at handle and a diameter of 7.5″ at the widest point (mid section) and a base diameter of 6.3″. It weighs 6 lbs. It holds 5 quarts of ale.

PRICE: $990.00