Tankard

Object Number: 
1952.109
Date: 
ca. 1712
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 8 in. ( 18.7 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm ) Part (base): 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm) Silver Weight: 29 oz (troy
Marks: 
"WK / B" in heart surround struck twice on body near rim and twice on cover. "T / O C" engraved on handle.
Description: 
Wrought silver tankard; circular body with straight sides tapered from applied, molded, baseband with a chain-link at the bottom, meander wire midway and an applied band of stamped leaves above; applied, molded, flared lip; stepped flat cover, with a serrated and engraved leaf border flange at front; corkscrew thumbpiece and molded hinge-plate with chain-link and trifid-shaped, engraved drop; scroll handle with cast, scalloped terminal in the form of a female head over clasped hands, with a ram's head below and a caryatid figure at each side; initials "T/ O*C" engraved in block letters on the handle; "Q" engraved on the base; maker's marks stamped below rim, left of the handle and on the lid.
Gallery Label: 
Silver tankards held great meaning for colonial Americans. This example, described by the donor as a "wedding tankard," was presented to Cornelia De Peyster (1690-1756) and Oliver Stephen Teller (1685-1729), who married in New York City in 1712. This tankard descended in the family to Margaret Teller Van Kleeck (1808-1888), who was probably responsible for converting it from a drinking vessel to a pitcher with the addition of a spout. Spouting of tankards was common during the temperance movement as temperance advocates promoted water as a substitute for alcoholic beverages. When the tankard was donated to the Historical Society by Margaret Teller Van Kleeck's granddaughter in 1952, it still had the nineteenth-century spout. By that time, these later additions were viewed as aesthetic (and monetary) liabilities, and in 1962, the N-YHS had the spout of the Teller tankard removed.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Arthur T. Sutcliffe
Provenance: 
Cornelia De Peyster (1690-1756), who married Oliver Stephen Teller (1685-1729); to their son Isaac Teller (1722-1783), who married Sarah Wiltsee (b. 1733); to their son Isaac De Peyster Teller (b. 1768), who married Alice Schenck (1765-1845); to their daughter Margaret Schenck Teller (1808-1888), who married Robert Boyd Van Kleeck (1810-1880); to their daughter Agnes B. Van Kleeck (b. 1836), who married Robert Fulton Crary (1835-1914); to their daughter Alice Crary (Mrs. Arthur T. Sutcliffe, 1868-1953), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group