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Engraved with the words “CHARING CROSS HOSPITAL HALF PINT”, this pewter tankard holds half a pint. The tankard may have been used by patients, or possibly by hospital staff, to drink water. Charing Cross Hospital began in 1823 as a charitable institution known as the West London Infirmary. The name was changed to Charing Cross Hospital in 1827.

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Glossary: tankard

A drinking-vessel, formerly made of wooden staves and hooped; now esp. a tall one-handled jug or mug, usually of pewter, sometimes with a lid: used chiefly for drinking beer.