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Tankard

Maker:
Benjamin Burt (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1729–1805 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
1763
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (21 x 18.4 cm); 29 oz. 9 oz. (915.2 g) Lip: Diam. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) Base: Diam. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles K. Davis, 1946
Accession Number:
46.171.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 747
Early American tankards, used for drinking beer or ale, survive in some quantity. Eighteenth-century Boston examples feature a tall tapered body, applied midband, and domed cover with finial. An inscription engraved on the handle of this tankard documents its presentation from the Salem sea captain and merchant Richard Derby to his son John on New Year’s Day 1763.
Inscription: engraved on handle in script: Rich[superscript "d" over ".."] Derby / to / John Derby / Jan[superscript "y" over period] 1 / 1763 / ~
scratched on underside: oz / 29 : 18

Marking: marked on body to right and left of handle near lip: BENJAMIN / BURT (in shaped surround)
John Derby, Salem, Massachusetts, from 1763; Charles K. Davis, Fairfield, Connecticut, until 1946
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