Maker: Simeon Soumaine (baptized 1685–ca. 1750)

Date: 1715–25

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: Overall: 7 x 8 5/8 in. (17.8 x 21.9 cm); 35 oz. 9 dwt. (1102.5 g)
Lip: Diam. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Base: Diam. 5 11/16 in. (14.4 cm)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Gift of Annie Clarkson, 1927

Accession Number: 27.85.1


This tankard displays the ample proportions and elaborate cast ornament characteristic of early New York vessels. Especially distinctive features are the cut-card work and meander wire borders surrounding the base and the cast mask and garlands soldered to the handle. A second cast mask adorns the handle terminal. The elegant intertwined monogram, AVH, engraved in script on the cover of the tankard, belonged to Augustus Van Horne (1736–1796), great-great grandfather of the donor.