Will Kempe was Shakespeare's favourite fool and was destined to be one of five actor-shareholders in "The Lord Chamberlains Men" alongside Shakespeare.
In February/March 1600, Will undertook what he would later call his "Nine Days Wonder" by morris dancing 100 miles from London to Norwich. A 17th Century Jig, entitled Kempe's Jig, was named after him and published in the first edition of John Playford's The English Dancing Master of 1651.
The design can be hand carved on either a Tudor Tankard or a Medieval Jack Body.
Carved Tankards and Jacks are available with a stitched detail around the base, alternatively, we have a small stock of pinned base items remaining.
Stitched base items will be dispatched as standard unless you let us know during ordering if you prefer a pinned base.
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 Jack or Tankard One pint - Approximately.
Height: 15 cm
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.