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The black serpentine body of the tankard is bombé in shape, with two registers of horizontal molding at the mid-section and below the rim. The base is mounted with a silver foot rim with serrated bezel. The mid-section and rim of the vessel are encircled with molded silver bands to which the...

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Armorials: Engraved on cover, the arms of Sebastian Harvey (about 1552–1620-21) of London and Walton in Stone, Staffordshire. Inscriptions: Engraved on underside of foot rim, Sir Sebastian Harvey, came to be Lord Maior 1618


Sebastian Harvey (b. about 1552 - d. 1620/1), London [see note 1]. John Hewett, London; probably sold by Hewett to John Hunt, Dublin and London; 1959, sold by Hunt to the MFA for £135. (Accession Date: November 12, 1959) NOTES: [1] The engraved arms are those of Sebastian Harvey. An inscription on the underside of the foot rim reads "Sir Sebastian Harvey, came to be Lord Maior 1618."

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

German or English, about 1620

Object Place

England or Germany


H. 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.); W. 12.4 cm (4 7/8 in.); Diameter (of foot) 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Serpentine with silver mounts