The image depicting the single hare is taken from a Romano British Brooch, found in Scotland so it is possibly a reworking of and early Pictish symbol. These brooches were popular among both Romans and locals.
The Tinners Rabbit design featuring three rabbits appears as a carving on many church roof bosses in southern England, particularly around Dartmoor. In a global context, the symbol is far more ancient and is found across Europe to Southern Russia, Iran, Nepal and China with meanings ranging from divination to resurrection. Maybe the symbol traces an ancient trade route; perhaps one along which tin would have been transported, hence the West Country connection.
The Hare evolved on the grassland steppe of central Asia and spread west with Neolithic man. The original British Hares were the mountain creatures confined to the Scottish Highlands and now the English Peak District.
The Brown Hare was introduced at the time of the Romans, or perhaps a little earlier, maybe up to 2000 years ago.
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.
Hand Carved Tankards & Jacks are available with a stitched or pinned detail around the base. Please make your selection during the ordering process.
Capacity of Romano Hare Jack or Tankard One pint - Approximately.
Capacity of Tinners Rabbit Jack or Tankard One pint - Approximately.
We always try to ensure that we always have a stock of our hand carved 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.
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.