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Book of Kells Dog - Hand Carved


Please note we charge £1 per letter.

Product Description


Available until the end of October 2020.


Historically, leather drinking vessels were lined with either boiled Resin of the birch tree, Brewer’s Pitch, or Beeswax. Our full grain leather drinking vessels are lined with an epoxy resin to echo the historic use of resin whilst having the visual appearance of Brewer’s pitch. The resin we use is fully certified for use in both the food and alcohol industries.

Click here for more information within the Internal Lining section of our Facts page.

Typical dog motif used extensively in the Book of Kells; Second half of the 8th Century/early 9th Century. The dating of the work cannot be certain and neither can its place of origin.

Whilst there is a strong wish amongst romantic historians that is was done on Lindisfarne or at Jarrow the illumination does not conform easily with Northumbrian work - unlike the Book of Durrow. It is suggested, therefore, that the work started at the Columban scriptorium on Iona and transferred (unfinished) when the Columban centre moved to Kells in 806 where it was completed.

The book now rests in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.

Hand Carved Kells Dog Tankards & Jacks are available with a stitched detail around the base.

Capacity of Kells Dog Jack - Approximately One pint and height Approximately.

Capacity of Kells Dog Tankard- Approximately One pint and height Approximately.

Height: 15cm


We always try to ensure that we always have a stock of our handmade items.  If we are out of stock, we will make your order especially for you, this could take us a week or two to complete, depending on demand.

Please do phone us on 01833908088 or you may contact us here if you would like to check our stock levels before ordering.

Facts about our Leather Drinking Vessels

  • Hidebound leather drinking vessels are water, or beer, proofed and intended for use with cold liquids only.
  • All UK sourced.
  • Hand crafted and stitched.
  • Handmade in EnglandHandmade in England

Product Personalisation

If you would like your drinking vessel personalised, we can either Carve or Engrave it for you.

Click here for a description of Engraving and Carving