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Tappit hen, probably made for John Dowie, innkeeper at Libberton's Wynd, Edinburgh

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Tappit hen, probably made for John Dowie, innkeeper at Libberton's Wynd, Edinburgh
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A tappit hen is a Scottish pewter vessel and drinking measure with a hen-shaped knob on the top of the lid. This example was probably made for John Dowie, a celebrated 18th century innkeeper in Libberton's Wynd in Edinburgh.

The front is engraved 'I.D. Libby Wynd'.

Intellectuals met in taverns to debate, outsiders used taverns to catch up on town news, while others found them ideal for gambling. At all times an abundance of tobacco, food and drinks such as claret, rum punch, ale and whisky were consumed.

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