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The raised vessel has tapering sides, a center point at base, and a wide drawn base molding with S-curve and two narrow steps at top and bottom; the midband appears above lower handle join. A twisted flame finial appears above domed and stepped lid; the peened pin for finial appears inside...

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Text appears in a large, squared cartouche on body on opposite side of handle. Within scrolled, foliated decoration in the rococo style apprears "Stephano Scales / HARVARDINATES / A.D. MDCCLXVIII / Conscripti, / Bienno sub ejus Tutela [hat/cidela over a] peracto / Hoc Poculum / Grati Animi Monimentum, DONANT". (Presented to Stephen Scales by his students at Harvard in the year 1768. Having passed two years under his tutelage, they give this drinking vessel as a symbol of their gratitude) Engraved in the position normally reserved for the torse are a pair of books that are lying on their side, with spines facing away from the viewer. "Price's Mor," is the title of the topmost book, while beneath it is "Lockes's Essay."


"REVERE" within a rectangle on base of tankard, above center point.


Presented to Stephen Scales (1741 – 1772), along with a pair of canns also made by Revere, from his students, the Harvard class of 1768. According to family history, the tankard descended to Mary G. Lamson (1883 – 1982), and thence to her children, the donors.

Credit Line

Gift of Edward N. Lamson, Barbara T. Lamson, Edward F. Lamson, Howard J. Lamson and Susan L. Strickler


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


23 x 18.9 cm (9 1/16 x 7 7/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware