Review: Tankard and “Warning Shot”

Rating: ★★★★☆
Quicksilver’s Pirate Pots

It may come as a surprise, but I throw a fairly sizeable Talk Like a Pirate Day party each year. This past September I’d planned out my outfit very carefully, having much of it custom made. Large hat, wool frock coat, bucket boots… I hope it’s not overly bragging to say that I looked quite dashing, and I have pictures to prove it. But that’s where the problem strikes; in each of these pictures – me looking all piratey with my new duds and swashbuckling grin – in each of these pictures I’m holding my piratey beverage in a plastic cup. PLASTIC! Hell, I won’t wear socks unless they’re piratey, and yet here I have a photo album full of me in pirate garb drinking from a plastic cup. I feel such shame.

Well mates, never again. I now possess two pieces of drinkware from Quicksilver’s Pirate Pots, the first being a tankard. Handspun, glazed to the color of dark graphite, and featuring a raised jolly roger on either side, this is clearly a pirate’s mug. And because pirate’s don’t like to do dishes, it’s dishwasher-safe (as well as food-safe — pirates don’t much like lead-poisoning either.) The handle is a little small, as I can only get three fingers in comfortable (and I have small hands.) But this is easily remedied by strattling the pinky beneath the handle, and in all other respects this is just about as perfect a mug a pirate could ever hope.

The other item I have from Quicksilver’s Pirate Pots is what’s called a “Warning Shot.” Decorated identically to the tankard, excepting that it has only a single jolly roger, this is an equally perfect piece of drinkware for any pirate. I would caution, however, that its extra large size makes the name “warning” shot something of a misonomer. This is for full-on broadsides, and anyone doing shots from it should expect no quarter from their hangover come morning 😉

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