Miniature Tankard

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1757-1762

GUSN

GUSN-31921

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

tankards
silver (metal)
scallop shell
Silver
Shell
S Curve
TANKARD

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.

Inscription

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]

Maker

Edwards, Samuel, 1705-1762 (Silversmith)

Location of Origin

Boston, MA, USA

Object Type

Food Service T&E

Dimensions

2.5 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Howard Van Sinderen

Accession Number

1928.33

Reference Notes

Sander, Penny. Elegant Embellishments. Boston; SPNEA; 1982.

Places

Massachusetts (United States)