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Book of Kells Dog Leather Tankard & Jack - Hand Carved



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

Please note we charge £1 per letter.

Product Description

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.

All our beer tankards and jacks are handmade from natural materials which can never be consistent in colour. Whilst every endeavour is made to control colour consistency, each item is offered as an individual piece. However, it will always be the actual colour ordered.

If you would prefer a personalised beer tankard or jack, please do use the “Add Personalisation” option above.  More information regarding personalisation can be found here.

Historically, leather tankards 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.

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

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

Height: 15cm


These items are made to order. We aim to dispatch within two weeks of receiving a confirmed order.  Sometimes it may take us a little longer depending upon demand at the time of ordering.

 Items are dispatched via Royal Mail Tracked 24.

EU Delivery

Due to Brexit restrictions, we unfortunately have had to suspend delivery to countries within the EU.

Facts about our Leather Drinking Vessels

  • Hidebound leather drinking vessels are water, or beer, proofed and intended for use with cold liquids only.
  • All materials 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