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Tankard

Object Number: 
1929.117
Date: 
1771-1772
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 6 1/4 x 4 1/8 in. (15.2 x 15.9 x 10.5 cm) Silver Weight: 17 oz (troy) 16 dwt (553 g)
Marks: 
Inscription: at front center: the arms of the Crooke family in bright-cut engraving of engrailed shield in fesse with cresent moon on gule (red) background, chief decorated with three birds facing left, bottom decorated with three birds facing left and ci
Description: 
Wrought silver tankard; circular body with straight sides tapered from applied, molded, baseband to an applied, molded, flared lip; high, stepped, domed cover; scrolled thumbpiece and a molded hinge-plate with a small bead drop; scroll handle tapering toward the oval lower body joint and flaring to a curled heart terminus; engraved on the front center with the arms of the Crooke family, shield with a crescent in fess with three birds in chief and three birds below, surmounted by an armor helmet and two crossed geese heads with a crescent between, foliate swag above and a garland below; initials, "CB" engraved in bright-cut script in the shield's point; maker's marks stamped to the right of the handle.
Gallery Label: 
This diminutive tankard, emblazoned with the arms of the Crooke family, belonged to Catharina Elmendorf Bleecker (1747-1808). Catharina was born in Kingston, Ulster County, New York, to Petrus Edmundus Elmendorf and Mary Crooke. The family typified the intermingling of Dutch and English cultures that characterized mid-eighteenth-century New York, and Kingston in particular. Perhaps because of Kingston's deep-rooted Dutch culture, the Crooke family worked to preserve their English identity. The London-made tankard, probably a belated wedding gift to Catharina from her mother, served as a reminder of the family's English heritage.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Wilmot T. Cox
Provenance: 
Catharina (Catharine) Elmendorf (1747-1808), who married Rutger Bleecker (1745-1787); to their daughter Maria Bleecker (1780-1850), who married Morris Smith Miller (1779-1824); to their son John Bleecker Miller (1820-1861), who married Cornelia Jones (1825-1901); to their daughter Maria Duane Bleecker Miller (1860-1915), who married Wilmot Townsend Cox (1856-after 1942), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group