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History of the Flagon

History of the flagon

A flagon is a pouring vessel with a tall neck. It acquired the name around 1640. It is a vessel that holds a drink of some kind, whether that is ale, wine, or water.

A flagon may be plain, engraved, gilt, or chased. It typically has a single scrolling handle, and a hinged lid, equipped with finial and thumbpiece. The lid of a flagon is often domed or even cushion shaped. The body is often barrel, cylindrical or drum shaped.

A flagon is usually able to hold a volume of 1.1 litres – 2 Imperial Unit. The word ‘flagon’ has also been used to describe volume, e.g. ‘a flagon of wine’. However, it is difficult to discern precisely how much a flagon measurement is. Perhaps it refers to the typical volume of a flagon, in which case it would be the aforementioned 1.1 Litres.

Historically, a flagon was used to serve, and then replenish wine at a dining table. They hold special significance in Christianity; this is because a flagon is often used in communion or the Eucharist. The flagon is used to replenish the wine in a communion cup or chalice.

Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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