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The tankard is raised and has tapered sides and a drawn and molded base with leaf decoration. The flat lid with one shallow step and crenate lip has a scrolled thumbpiece that descends to a five-part hinge and seamed scroll handle with baluster decoration. A U-shaped air vent appears below the...

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Worn engraving of Granthan arms on a shield, emblazoned ermine a griffen segreant gules; crest a demi griffen. Swirled foliate mantling symmetrically surrounds the whole.


Marked "I K within a rectangle below rim, to left of handle.


Edmund Kindsland (1680-1742), New Barbadoes, NJ; probably by descent in the matrilinal line (1) to Anne Brown Bradley (Mrs. Samuel Eliot) (b 1894); 1952, lent by Mrs. Eliot to the MFA; by descent to her daughter Mary Eliot (Mrs. Grafton Fay); 1991, gift of Mary Eliot to the MFA. (Accession date: Nov 20, 1991) 1:Edmund beqeathed his large silver tankard to his daughter Mary, and his smaller one to his daughter Anna. This is probably Anna's. The vessel probably descended from one of the two Kingsland women to their niece Elizabeth Kingsland (1734 – 1808), daughter of their brother Col. William Kingsland (1704 – 1770) and Margarreta Coerten (or Courten) (1704 – 1756) of New Barbadoes Neck, New Jersey, m. 1732. Elizabeth Kingsland m. 1755 Josiah Hornblower (1729 – 1809) of Newark, New Jersey; to their son Chief Justice Joseph Coerten Hornblower (1777 – 1864), m. 1803 Mary Burnet (d. 1836); to their daughter Mary Hornblower (1816 – 1896) m.1844 Hon. Joseph P. Bradley (1813 – 1892), Justice of the United States Supreme Court; to their daughter Mary Burnet Bradley (b. 1845) m.1870 Henry Varnum Butler (b. 1821) of Patterson, New Jersey; to their daughter Mary Hornblower Butler m. 1898 Bancroft Gherardi (1873 – 1941), who died without issue. Mrs. Gherardi gave the tankard to her cousin Anne Brown Bradley (b. 1894) and Samuel Eliot of Manchester, Massachusetts.

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Gift of Mary Eliot Fay and Curator's Fund

about 1700–10

Object Place

New York, New York


6.7 x 19.3 x 10.2 cm (2 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 4 in.)

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Silver hollowware