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Tankard

Object Number: 
1911.39
Date: 
ca. 1700
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
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)
Marks: 
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
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
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).
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Catharine Augusta De Peyster
Provenance: 
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.
Creative: Tronvig Group