John Will American

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.

Tankard, John Will (active 1752–74), Pewter, American

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