Overall: 7 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. ( 20 x 24.1 x 14.3 cm ) Part (lip): 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm) Part (base): 5 5/8 in. (1
Maker's mark (stamped): ST Origin mark (stamped): NYork Initials engraved on handle "VB/I*B" in Roman letters Bleecker coat-of-arms engraved on body at center-front Scratch weight: 37 O + 17 D
Wrought silver tankard with straight tapered sides; stepped flat cover with serrated flange; body engraved on one side with Bleecker coat of arms (shield per pale, left two chevronels embattled and counter-embattled, right sprig of roses); applied molded band at base; double scroll handle with rat-tail terminus; pierced thumbpiece and molded drop terminating in a bead, with engraved initials below; v-shaped spout with heart-shaped opening and elongated drop at base (added later).
This tankard was probably made for Barent and Jannetie (Aertson Van Wagenen) Van Benthuysen in the early 1760s, based on the initials engraved on the handle (VB over I*B). It descended in the Bleecker family through Cornelia Van Benthuysen (1800-1859) and Anthony James Bleecker (1799-1884). After being passed down to successive male members of the family, it reached the donor, Richard W. Bleecker. The engraved Bleecker coat of arms and spout are probably 19th century additions.
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Bleecker
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