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Tankard

Object Number: 
1922.100
Date: 
ca. 1735
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. ( 24.4 x 16.5 x 21 cm ) Silver Weight: 43 oz (troy) 17 dwt (1364 g)
Marks: 
"SC" in script with rectangular surround, lion passant in rectangular surround, crowned lion in shield, ship approaching castle in rectangular surround, and letter/date "A" in roman letter in shield in relief.
Description: 
Wrought silver tankard; baluster-shaped body with a flared lip and an applied, molded mid-band; seated on a molded, circular foot; high, stepped, domed cover; triangular spout applied at the rim to the side left of the handle; split thumbpiece with a plain crossbar and molded hinge-plate with a molded drop; double-scroll handle tapered to the lower, oval body joint, and to the domed circular terminal; cipher, "G S" engraved in script on the handle; arms of the Stuyvesant family engraved on the front center of the body, in a cartouche surrounded by foliage, a stag on gules (vertical stripes) below a greyhound on chief chasing a hare on a gold (spotted) ground; surmounted by a demi-stag leaping from a prince's crown; maker's marks stamped on the base.
Gallery Label: 
A member of the Stuyvesant family, probably Gerardus Stuyvesant (1691-1777), acquired this 1730s English tankard before the mid-eighteenth century. The city mark of a ship issuing from a castle indicates that the baluster-shaped tankard was made in Bristol, England. A major port for Atlantic trade in the eighteenth century, Bristol sent ships to North America laden with export wares, including textiles and silver and plated goods. Stuyvesant probably took the tankard to one of the city's specialist engravers for personalization. The vessel's decorative midband restricted the area available for embellishment, forcing the engraver to compress the coat of arms into a space just half the height of the body.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Gerard Stuyvesant
Provenance: 
Probable descent: Gerardus Stuyvesant (1691-1777), who married Judith Bayard (1685-1751); to their son Petrus Stuyvesant (1727-1805), who married Margaret Livingston (1738-1867); to their son Nicholas William Stuyvesant (1769-1833), who married Catherine Livingston Reade (1777-1815); to their son Gerard Stuyvesant (1805-1859), who married Susan Rivington Van Horne (1812-1899); to their son Robert Reade Stuyvesant (1837-1906), who married Amelia Schuchardt (1837-1915); to their son, Gerard Stuyvesant (1859-1921), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group