Tankard

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1750-1770

GUSN

GUSN-49478

Description

Silver tankard. Body tapers inward from base and has an applied midband above the lower handle attachment. Flame finial attaches to a domed stepped lid.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tankards
silver (metal)
Mug
Tankard
Silver
Tankard

Label

"Cherished Possessions": In the middle of the eighteenth century, silver was very much a luxury item, owned by fewer than 20 percent of New England's populace. Most New Englanders who did have silver had only a few small items such as shoe buckles and buttons. Tankards were not widely owned, and were largely ceremonial, often purchased to celebrate a wedding or a commercial or civic event. Perhaps Sayward bought his to mark his election to the General Court.

Inscription

"I*S" (No visible touchmarks)

Associated Building

Original to Sayward-Wheeler House (York Harbor, Me.),

Maker

Attributed to Burt, Benjamin, 1729-1805 (Silversmith)

Location of Origin

Boston, MA, USA

Dimensions

9 (H), 5 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the heirs of Elizabeth Cheever Wheeler

Accession Number

1977.420

Reference Notes

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

Places

Massachusetts (United States)