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Maker: Paul Revere, American, 1735–1818

Tankard

1762

Silver

21.9 x 18.4 x 13 cm (8 5/8 x 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 in.), 30 oz., 5 dwt. (938 gm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.1196

This is one of the finest-known tankards made by Paul Revere, the Boston silversmith and acclaimed patriot. The flame-shaped finial, scrolled thumbpiece, and applied midband are all attributes of mid-eighteenth-century tankards made in the Boston area, but this example is elevated by its excellent proportions, superb engraving, and added details like the cast satyr's mask on the terminal of the handle.&nbsp;The front of the tankard is engraved with an elaborate crest featuring an asymmetrical cartouche, a stag's head, and swags of fabric. The top of the handle is engraved with the initials T. G. and M. G., for Thomas and Martha Greene, who were married in 1744. An entry in Revere's daybook on September 8, 1762, records the making of this tankard, which used <SPAN lang=EN>£10-worth of silver.</SPAN>

Geography: 
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metal
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

John Marshall Phillips, Masterpieces of New England Silver, 1650–1800: An Exhibition Held June 18 through September 10, 1939, Gallery of Fine Arts, Yale University (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1939), 73, no. 168.

Stephen G. C. Ensko, American Silversmiths and Their Marks, 1 (New York: Ensko, Inc., 1948), pl. 3.

Francis de N. Schroeder, “Makers of Tradition 8: The Goldsmith Who Lost a Horse,” Interiors (February 1950): 95, ill.

Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), vol. 1, pp. 185–86, no. 240, ill.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 135, 140–41, fig. 140, 141.

Charles F. Montgomery and Patricia E. Kane, eds., American Art: 1750–1800 Towards Independence, exh. cat. (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 201, fig. 157.

Gerald W. R. Ward and Barbara M. Ward, eds., Silver in American Life: Selections from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1979), 72–73, 76, no. 38, ill.

Handbook of the Collections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 107, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 837.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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