East Indiaman tankard showing a Great Britain ship from the British East India Company. The oldest among several similarly formed European East India Companies, the Company was granted an English Royal Charter, under the name Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies, by Elizabeth I on 31 December 1600. After a rival English company challenged its monopoly in the late 17th century, the two companies were merged in 1708 to form the United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East Indies, commonly styled the Honorable East India Company. The Company long held a privileged position in relation to the English, and later the British, government. As a result, it was frequently granted special rights and privileges, including trade monopolies and exemptions. These caused resentment among its competitors, who saw unfair advantage in the Company's position. Despite this resentment, the Company remained a powerful force for over 200 years. The ship has the Flag of the Kingdom of Great Britain (1606-1800). This tankard is connected to one of the most important persons in the company. An extremely rare tankard. Condition: The tankard has wearings and a restoration at the rim (see pictures) Measurement: Hight 11.3 cm = 4.4 in Width 12.6 cm = 5 in Weight 392 gram
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