A tyg is a large English pottery mug with three or more handles dividing the rim into sections for several drinkers. These tall, black-glazed, red-bodied drinking vessels were produced from the 15th century through the first half of the 17th century, peaking in popularity during the 16th and 17th centuries. Some were made with as many as nine handles. 
The multiple handles also allow hot drinks to be passed around without pain.
There is a whole other life to Tygs. The miniatures, many of the leading names in Staffordshire and Worcester area have manufactured three handled Tygs that stand proud at only 1 to 1 7/10 inches in size.
There are also examples of Japanese and German Tygs.
Many people ask what are they for? The most likely answer for the small ones is for decoration, as many of them are exquisitely painted and are widely collected.
- Hume, Ivor Noel. A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. Pp.102-104
- Hume 1980.
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