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Beaker

Maker:
Jurian Blanck Jr. (baptized 1645–ca. 1714/15)
Date:
ca. 1683
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: H. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm); 17 oz. 11 dwt. (546 g) Lip: Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm) Base: Daim. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Jointly owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, Kingston, N. Y., 1933
Accession Number:
33.120.621
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
Following Dutch custom, tall beakers made for domestic use in colonial New York were often donated by their owners to local churches. This beaker is engraved with a Dutch inscription that translates as “Given as a token of devotion and loyalty to the Church in Kingston 1683.” A second beaker, made around 1711, is similarly inscribed. Each is engraved with representations of Hope, Faith, and Charity.
Inscription: engraved on body in script within strapwork: Een tecken van liefden en waerhyt tot de Kercke aen Kinstoun A[superscript "o"] 1683 [Note: the superscript "o" may be a scroll at the top of the A.]
[Translation: given as a token of devotion and loyalty to the Church in Kingston 1683]

Marking: marked on underside: IB (in shaped surround)
First Dutch Reformed Church, Kingston, New York, 1683–1916; Alphonso T. Clearwater, Kingston, New York, 1916–died 1933
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