Overall: 6 7/8 x 4 7/8 x 8 1/4 in. ( 17.5 x 12.4 x 21 cm ) Silver Weight: 28 oz (troy) 3 dwt (875 g)
Maker's mark stamped in relief twice under lip molding on either side of handle. Smilar maker's mark outline stamped three times on lid top. Inscriptions: Arms of De Peyster family and name "Wm. A. De Peyster" engraved on body. "A * P" engraved on hand
Wrought silver tankard; circular body with straight sides tapered from applied, molded, baseband with a meander wire midway; an applied band of stamped leaves above the meanderwire; applied, molded, flared lip; stepped flat cover, with a serrated and engraved flange at front; corkscrew thumbpiece and molded hinge-plate with meander wire and shaped, engraved drop with an applied, cast lion couchant below; scroll handle with cast, and engraved cherub's mask on a flat shield-shaped terminal; "A * P" engraved on the handle in block letters; center side engraved with the De Peyster family crest, a shield with a tree of the field between two sheep, shield between to spread eagles on laurel branches with raised heads, shield surmounted by a cubit, armored arm holding a sword; engraved below the crest, "WM. A. De Peyster" in gothic script; maker's marks stamped below rim, on each side of the handle and on the lid.
This tankard, the earliest in the Historical Society's collection, displays typical features of colonial New York tankards. The broad, sturdy vessel has a flat top, crenellated flange, and cocoon thumbpiece. Its baseband is embellished with meander wire and cut-card work, decorative details derived from continental silver and probably first introduced by Dutch and Huguenot makers. The engraved initials "A * P" on the tankard's handle presumably refer to its original owner, New York City merchant Abraham De Peyster (1657-1728).
Bequest of Catharine Augusta De Peyster
Abraham De Peyster (1657-1728), who married Catharina De Peyster (1665-before 1734); to their son Abraham De Peyster, Jr. (1696-1767), who married Margaretta Van Cortlandt (1694-1769); to their son James A. De Peyster (1726-1799), who married Sarah Reade (1724-1802); to their son Colonel Abraham De Peyster (1753-1799), who married Catharine Augusta Livingston (1759-1839); to their son William Axtell De Peyster (1793-1856), who married Mary Beekman (1800-1885); to their daughter, Catharine Augusta De Peyster (1835-1911), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.