Overall: 4 5/8 x 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. ( 11.7 x 8.3 x 12.1 cm ) Silver Weight: 8 oz (troy) 5 dwt (257 g)
Inscription: engraved on front center: "B M W" in bright-cut foliate script. Maker's Mark: stamped on base: "I * V" in a rectangle, "P" in roman letters in a rectangle; unidentifiable pseudohallmark (possibly an eagle).
Wrought silver mug; circular body with straight sides tapering from the molded base band to the rim; double-scroll handle, forked at solid scroll terminal; engraved on the center front, "B M W" in bright-cut script; maker's marks on the base.
According to its original bill of sale, this mug was ordered by Benjamin White (1755-1841) from New York silversmith John Vernon on September 12, 1794, along with a sugar dish, milk pot, tea tongs, and six "table spoons" and "tea spoons" (also at N-YHS). Silver for the "mugg" cost £4.0.3, and its "fash[ion]n[ing]" or construction, £2.8. The engraved initials on the mug suggest that White, a merchant from Shrewsbury, New Jersey, purchased it for his own use. As the invoice shows, the material used for silver goods was far more expensive than the labor.
Purchased by Benjamin White (1755-1841) in 1794; acquired by Shrubsole Inc., New York, prior to 1973; purchased by the N-YHS, 1973.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.