American Decorative Arts

Toy Tankard

ca. 1680–90

Silver

2 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. (6 x 4.1 cm) base (Base): 1 5/8 in.(4.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.1004
A fashion for elaborate dollhouses originated in late seventeenth-century Holland and spread to England and the American colonies. These were not amusements for children but for wealthy women who outfitted them with sumptuous furnishings executed in miniature. Some colonial goldsmiths specialized in “toys and jewels,” which they imported from London or made locally. This tankard is from an assembled set of silver toys owned by Bethiah Shrimpton (1681–1713) of Boston.
Geography: 
Probably made in England
Culture: 
British
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Toys and Games
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Originally owned by Bethiah Shrimpton (1681-1713), Boston, MA; her niece, Elizabeth (Hunt) Wendell (1717-1779); her daughter, Elizabeth (Wendell) Smith (1742-1779); her daughter, Elizabeth (Smith) Stevens (1795-1860); her daughter, Mary Eliza (Stevens) Pride; Mrs. Charles W. Lord; Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1930; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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. 1, p. 314–17, no. 544.

Barbara M. Ward and Gerald W. R. 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), 108, no. 98, ill.

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