Two-handed cup and cover
1730/31 or 1732/33
Overall: 13 5/8 x 13 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. ( 34.6 x 33.7 x 18.4 cm ) Silver Weight : 92 oz (troy) 18 dwt (2889 g)
engraved: front center: "PRESENTED BY/ Ann Queen of England./ to/ COL. PETER SCHUYLER of ALBANY./ IN THE PROVINCE OF NEW YORK./ APRIL 19th..1710./ To commemorate his visit to England by request/ of the Provincial Government, accompanied/ by Five Sachems o
Wrought silver covered presentation cup; deep, urn-shaped body with an applied, molded midband and alternating, applied shell filled cartouches and oval portrait cameo cartouches with female and male busts; seated on a stepped, circular foot with a chased foliate and geometric band; two cast double-scroll handles with scrolled drops applied to opposite sides; circular stepped and domed lid decorated with the same alternating cartouches as the lower body and surmounted by a cast knop finial engraved on the front of the cup, "PRESENTED BY/ Anne Queen of England./ to/ COL. PETER SCHUYLER of ALBANY./ IN THE PROVINCE OF NEW YORK./ APRIL 19th..1710./ To commemorate his visit to England by request/ of the Provincial Government, accompanied/ by Five Sachems of the/ MOHAWKS" in script and block letters; engraved on the lid, "April 10th.. 1710." in script and "PS" in script; maker's marks stamped on the bezel and the base.
The inscription on this cup identifies it as the gift of Queen Anne to Albany mayor and Indian diplomat Peter Schuyler (1657-1724) in recognition of his presentation at court in 1710 with four Native American sachems. The vessel's stylistic features, however, are inconsistent with manufacture in 1710, and its hallmarks indicate that it was produced in the 1730s, after the deaths of both the supposed benefactor and recipient. More likely, this is the "Chased Cup and Cover" weighing 93 oz. 13 dwt. purchased in London by Schuyler's great-grandson, General Philip Schuyler in 1761 or 1762. A document belonging to Schuyler survives and records weight noted is exactly the weight scratched into this cup's underside.
Bequest of Major Philip Schuyler
Probable descent: General Philip Schuyler (1733-1804), who married Catherine Van Rensselaer (1734-1803); probably to his son Philip Jeremiah Schuyler (1768-1835), who married Mary Anne Sawyer (1786-1852); to their son George Lee Schuyler (1811-1890), who married Eliza Hamilton (1811-1863); to their son Philip Schuyler (1836-1910), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.