Benjamin Wynkoop American

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Tall, tapered beakers were used domestically in the Netherlands prior to the Reformation and later as church silver as well. This practice carried over to colonial New York, where beakers of this type, engraved with figures representing hope, faith, and charity, were used as communion vessels in Dutch Reformed churches. Interlaced strapwork and foliate ornament are characteristic of both Dutch and American examples. This beaker was made by Benjamin Wynkoop in 1711 to match an earlier one made by Jurian Blanck, Jr. around 1683 (33.120.621). Both beakers are engraved around their rims with a Dutch inscription that translates, "Given as a token of devotion and loyalty to the Church in Kingston."

Beaker, Benjamin Wynkoop (baptized 1675–1751), Silver, American

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