Members of the Second Congregational Church of Marblehead, Massachusetts, presented this tankard to Reverend Edward Holyoke when he resigned his position at the church to become president of Harvard College in 1737. The engraved arms are those of the Holyoke family.
Inscription: engraved on handle in shaded roman: E = H engraved on body: [arms of Holyoke family]
Marking: marked on underside and to left of handle: [crown] / I C / [cipher in shape of rabbit] (in shield-shaped surround)
Reverend Edward Holyoke, Marblehead, Massachusetts, from 1737; descended in the Holyoke family; his great-great-grandson, Andrew Nichols, Hathorne, Massachusetts; Alphonso T. Clearwater, Kingston, New York, until died 1933