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The raised straight-sided tankard with center point is slightly wider at its base. The vessel displays drawn, high, stepped base molding and an everted lip molding. The domed stepped lid has a wide button finial pinned through and peened on the inside. The downturned edge of the flanged lid is...

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On body of tankard oppposite handle is engraved in italics"The Gift of Ebenezer Stone Senr. / to the Church of Christ in Newtown / 1730".


Marked twice, on lid between finial and thumbpiece, and on body to left of handle below lip, "IE" within a shield and crowned over a device, probably a fleur-de-lis.


Ebenezer Stone Sr. (1662/63 – 1754), the donor, was patriarch of the Stone and Trowbridge families who provided three pieces of ecclesiastical plate for the First Church in Newton between 1730 and 1768. In 1686 Stone m. Margaret Trowbridge (1666 – 1710). Their son John (1692 – 1769) gave a tankard marked by Minott and Austin to the First Church in Newton (1973.18). Stone’s brother-in-law Deacon William Trowbridge (1684 – 1744) gave a Jacob Hurd beaker (1973.22).

Credit Line

Gift of the First Church in Newton


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


20.1 x 17.6 x 10.2 cm (7 15/16 x 6 15/16 x 4 in.)

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Silver hollowware