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Tankard

Maker:
John Will (active 1752–74)
Date:
1752–74
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Pewter
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, in memory of her husband, 1940
Accession Number:
40.184.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704
This silver-form pewter tankard is marked by Will, who emigrated to New York City from his native Germany before 1752. It is distinguished by its extremely rare wriggle work and punched decoration of stylized trees, flowers, and a laurel-wreath cartouche encircling the initials “PH.” Scalloped ornament engraved below the lip and above the base emulates the cutcard borders found on early New York silver tankards.
Inscription: engraved in block letters on drum: P H

Marking: marked in toothed circle on inside of bottom: I W
Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, until 1940
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