Stephensons brings back traditional tankard

Stephensons MD Henry Stephenson with the new Lantern Tankards.Stephensons MD Henry Stephenson with the new Lantern Tankards.

Stockport-based light equipment specialist distributor Stephensons has revived a historic lantern tankard design.

With origins that trace back to the late Victorian era, the 10-sided glass replaced pewter and pottery as the nation’s drinking vessel of choice.

Now Stephensons is bringing back the design, exclusively supplying the Lantern Tankard to the UK market. The modern glass is said to be a faithful reproduction of the version produced by The Crystal Glass Company of Knottingley, West Yorkshire.

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The 10 panels are designed to refract the light to provide clarity in the glass, and it is available in nucleated and non-nucleated options.

The distributor reported that the tankard’s popularity between the wars and through to the 1960s was due in part to its ability to enhance the flavour of its contents, but also to its elegant design. “Although the Lantern is marginally heavier than its Dimpled rival, it actually feels lighter and better balanced due to its superior proportions and weight distribution,” stated the firm.

Stephensons MD Henry Stephenson commented: “The lantern tankard is one of the finest handled glasses ever produced, combining elegant visual design with functionality. Authenticity is increasingly important to UK consumers, judging by the meteoric rise of the craft ale industry. We believe consumers will welcome the return of this forgotten British classic.”

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