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Tankard

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The cylindrical tapering tankard is raised from sheet. It has a cast spreading foot, a molded wire midband, and a wire rim. The scrolled handle, formed from several pieces of sheet, has a heart-shaped terminus. The piece has been badly dented and torn and coarsely repaired.

Inscription

Engraved on front of tankard, John Hancock/to/L.B. Whitney./ 1770; engraved on the handle, D/I M.

Marks

Maker's mark TM (Grimwade 2845) to right of the handle; lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter C

Provenance

According to tradition, given by John Hancock (1737-1793) to Lydia Bowes Whitney (1749-1805); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. de Forest Thomson to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1919)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson

English (London), 1758–59

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

H. 15 cm x 16.8 cm x 12.2 cm (5 7/8 x 6 5/8 x 4 13/16 in.); Weight: 550gm (17 0z 14 dwt)

Accession Number

19.261

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver