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Flat-topped tankard with slightly tapering sides; incised lines below molded rim; applied, molded baseband joined under handle; small centerpoint on lid and possibly on body; Stepped, flat cover has incised lines at edge and is shaped at front; five-part hinge with meander wire in molded hinge...

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Engraved "G / I * E" in shield on front opposite handle, surrounded by scrolled foliate mantling . Scratched on underside of lid: "I W" in capitals below "G Gardner" in script. and Scratched on bottom in script: "This Tankard belonged / to John Gardner Great Grand / father of Saml P. Gardner and / was probably made prior to the / year 1700"


Marked "I N" in an ellipse to left of handle and on top of lid.


Probably made about 1704 at the time of the marriage of John Gardner (1681-1722) and Elizabeth (Weld) Gardner (b. 1681) of Salem, Massachusetts; by decent to Samuel P. Gardner; by descent to Clara Amory Coolidge (1872-1957); by descent to her graddaughter Catherine Coolidge Lastavica. (Accession date: Jan 21 2004 )

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in memory of her great grandmother Elizabeth Gardner Amory and in honor of her cousin John Lowell Gardner

about 1704

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 15.6 x 12.9 cm (6 1/8 x 5 1/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware