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Maker: Elias Pelletreau, 1726–1810

Tankard

1751–55

Silver

8 3/8 × 5 1/4 in. (21.3 × 13.34 cm, 1100 g)
Yale University Art Gallery
1866.5
After graduating from Yale College in 1748, Naphtali Daggett became a pastor in Smithtown, on Long Island, New York. He returned to New Haven in 1755 to assist then-president Thomas Clapp and the following year was named the Livingstonian Professor of Divinity, the first endowed professorship at Yale. Daggett eventually took over as President pro tempore after Clapp’s resignation in 1766. Daggett took up arms against the British when they attacked New Haven in 1779, was taken captive, and was subsequently killed. This tankard belonged to Daggett and his wife, Sarah, and was made by the Long Island silversmith Elias Pelletreau when the couple lived in Smithtown. Their granddaughter Grace Ann Daggett gave it to the church in Yale College in 1866, and later it was transferred to the Gallery.
Geography: 
Made in Southampton, New York
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Provenance: 

Naphtali Daggett (1727–1780), Smithtown, N. Y. and later New Haven, Conn.; by descent to his granddaughter Grace Ann Daggett; by gift to the church in Yale College, New Haven, Conn., 1866

Bibliography: 

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. 2, pp. 108–9, no. 670, ill.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 41, fig. 37.

Dean F. Failey, Deborah Dependahl Waters, and David L. Barquist, Elias Pelletreau: Long Island Silversmith and Entrepreneur 1726–1810, ed. Jennifer L. Anderson, exh. cat. (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Preservation Long Island, 2018), 112, 116–17, 138, no. 87, fig. 4-14, 4-15.

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.