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probably made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Mug.
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This pewter half pint mug was made in the mid 19th century, probably in Edinburgh.

The straight-sided mug has a moulded base and a decorative handle with a fish tail. Between two horizontal bands, one side is engraved 'I.C. McPHERSON / 289 CANONGATE', the name and address of a former owner. The other side has a five pointed shape featuring a crown, a castle, 'V.R.' (for Victoria Regina [Queen Victoria]) and the excise mark '1868'. Both sides are stamped '1/2 PINT'.

Pewter was commonly used for measures and drinking vessels as it was both fairly cheap and strong enough to stand up to to the rigours of tavern life.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-519-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MET 107
Date: Mid 19th century
Material: Pewter. Inscription: On side: 1/2 PINT / [crown] / V [castle] R / 1868 / On other side: 1/2 PINT / Between bands: I.C. McPHERSON / 289 CANONGATE [script engraving]
Dimensions: 4.25" H X 2.80" D
What: Mug, half pint
Subject: Pewter (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh (289 Canongate)
Description: Half pint [pewter] mug, straight-sided with a moulded base and a decorative handle with a fish tail, engraved I.C. McPHERSON 289 CANONGATE and 1868, mid 19th century
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