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Tankard

Maker:
Paul Revere Jr. (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1734–1818 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
ca. 1795
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. (26 x 21.9 cm); 42 oz. 4 dwt. (1312.7 g) Lip: Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm) Base: Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alphonso T. Clearwater, 1933
Accession Number:
33.120.507
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
Mid-eighteenth-century Boston tankards tended to be tall and tapered, with domed covers and horizontal midbands. By the end of the century, when the vogue for these drinking vessels had begun to wane, they grew even taller, with a more exaggerated dome to the cover. This one is especially large. The script monogram "S E B" engraved on its front stands for Samuel and Elizabeth Bradley, who were married on September 2, 1784. It appears in Paul Revere's account book for the year 1795, where he lists a three-pint tankard under Bradley's name.
Inscription: engraved on body in interlaced script: SEB

Marking: marked on body to right of handle: REVERE (in rectangle)
Samuel and Elizabeth Bradley, from ca. 1795; Alphonso T. Clearwater, Kingston, New York, until died 1933
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