A tankard is a drinking vessel, roughly cylindrical in shape, with a handle. It may also be called a “stein” or a “mug”. It is considered baser than a cup, more suited for ale than for wine. The tankard appears to be a period charge, seen in the arms of Juncker, early 16th C. [BSB Cod.Icon 392d:612].
The tankard is frequently shown with a flat lid pivoted on the rim, which can be flipped open with the thumb; this form may be blazoned a “covered tankard”. While covered tankards are found as period artifacts (e.g., as used on the Mary Rose, c.1545 [Rule 201]), we have no examples of their use in period armory.
A similar charge in the Society, the “jack”, is noted for being made of leather, rather than metal or stoneware. Its shape is more conical due to its material, but the jack is an artistic variant only; it carries no heraldic difference from the tankard.
All forms of tankard have their handles to sinister by Society default. For related charges, see pitcher.
Daniel de Tankard bears: Gules, a tankard of beer Or headed argent.
Morgan Conner bears: Per pale sable and Or, two tankards, handles in the flanks, counterchanged.
Tadhg MacAodháin uí Chonchobhair bears as a badge: On a jack reversed sable a harp between three compass stars one and two Or.