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Miniature Tankard

1928.33 (RS30908)

Description

Banded base; flared scallop shell thumb grip; S-curve handle.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Silversmith Samuel Edwards made this miniature tankard for his sister, Mary Storer, who gave it to her granddaughter, perhaps to mark her birth in March 1757. In addition to making silver, Samuel Edwards sold tools and toys. The estate inventory taken after his death in 1762 includes silver tankards, teapots, thimbles, countless metalworking tools-anvils, hammers, chisels, burnishers, punches-and dozens and dozens of toys including dolls, tin and wood trumpets, wooden beads, whistles, and bird calls.<br/>
Maker
Edwards, Samuel, 1705-1762 (Silversmith)
Date
1757-1762
Inscriptions
Engraved on face: M* Storer/to/Mary Smith [* is an approximation] Struck on bottom: S.E [dot is raised] Struck near top to left of handle: SE [upside down]
Location of origin
Boston, MA, USA
Material
silver (metal)
Object type
Food Service T&E
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
S Curve
scallop shell
Shell
Silver
silver (metal)
TANKARD
tankards
Dimensions
2.5 (H) (inches)
Accession Number
1928.33
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Howard Van Sinderen
GUSN
31921
Reference Notes
Sander, Penny. Elegant Embellishments. Boston; SPNEA; 1982.

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