Beer Coaster

Material: Brass, oak and leather
Dimensions: Length: 67cm / 26 ½in, Maximum width: 22.5cm / 9in
Place of Origin: England
Date: Early 19th century
Maker or Retailer: Unknown
Present Location: Private collection


This large, waisted beer coaster has an oak base with a sheet brass gallery and stands on brass and leather castors.  Set into the base are five brass discs numbered I to V in Roman numerals.  The coaster was probably used in a hostelry and could be carried as a tray by the waiter or pot-boy.  The numbered discs made it possible to keep track of each customer’s mug or glass.  The castors enabled the coaster to be moved along the table.  A similar, rather smaller coaster is illustrated by Gentle and Feild.



  • Rupert Gentle & Rachael Feild, Domestic Metalwork 1640 – 1820, 2nd edition revised by Belinda Gentle, Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1994, ISBN 1851491872, p. 270, Figure 1.

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