Beer or ale mug, about 1700. Museum no. C.174-1933. Given by Mr A.L.B. Ashton

Beer or ale mug, about 1700. Museum no. C.174-1933. Given by Mr A.L.B. Ashton

Beer or ale mug
England, Fulham, about 1700
Stoneware with brown mottled glaze
Museum no. C.174-1933
Given by Mr A.L.B. Ashton

Beer and Ale: The Tavern

The tavern was central to community life. It was a place for eating, drinking and merriment as well as business deals, local celebrations and the gathering of news. Beer and ale were sold in government approved measures and served in pewter or stoneware mugs. Vessels were often stamped with the initials of their owner.