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

Description

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.

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