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The large, raised, cylindrical tankard tapers slightly toward the rim. It features an applied baseband and applied and scored lip. The flat-topped lid has a scored and crenate rim. A large cast and chased eagle thumbpiece descends to a five-part hinge and molded hingeplate. The seamed scrolled...

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Inscribed on base: C/I*M. Shield-shaped armorial of the Cranston family is emblazoned gules three cranes argent within anembattled bordure; the crest a crane passant ppr. facing dexter, on a torse. The whole surrounded by stylized foliate, fishscale, and scrolled decoration. The Motto DUM VIGILO CURO ("careful while watching" or "I care while I watch") engraved below on a banner.


On lid, handle, and base is stamped "IC" crowned over a coney, within a shield-shaped cartouche.


Possibly made for Samuel Cranston (1659-1727), governor of RI from 1698-1710; possibly descent to his son James (1701-1732); probably gift to William Wanton (1670-1733), governor of RI 1732-3; by descent to Mr and Mrs W. Wanton Dunnell; 1924, lent by Mrs W. Wanton Dunnell to MFA; 1940, transferred to William W Dunnell, Jr (1894-1980); 1978, gift of Mr William W Dunnell, Jr and his wife Ellen Frothingham (d 2001) to the MFA. (Accession date: June 14, 1978)

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Gift: Mr. and Mrs William W. Dunnell, Jr.

about 1695–1710

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


21.84 x 23.09 cm (8 5/8 x 9 1/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware