The cross is taken from the centre of an ornamental carpet page in the Book of Durrow which is a late 7th century, Irish/ Northumbrian work now in the library of Trinity College, Dublin. The book was donated by Henry Jones who was appointed vice-chancellor of the university in 1646, who also donated the Book of Kells.
This version of our Durrow Cross is hand engraved as detailed in the photo above, more photos coming soon.
History asserts that Columba dictated and directed the work, destined for use in the monastery at Durrow in Ireland. It is probable that most of the text and illumination was executed on Lindisfarne, one of the most sophisticated scriptoria in the 6th/9th centuries, supplying books as far away as Rome
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 tankards and jacks 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 Durrow Cross Jack or Tankard height approximately 15cm -Capacity one pint - Approximately
This item is currently being 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.
Please do phone us on 01833908088 or you may contact us here if you wish to check on stock levels before placing an order.
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 England
If you would like your drinking vessel personalised, we can either Carve or Engrave it for you.