Tankard with a raised stepped-and-domed lid topped by a cast spiral finial and plain straight tapered sides with applied moldings around rim and base. Edge of lid fits over rim of body. Cast S-curve, grooved scroll thumbpiece attaches to five-knuckle hinge with pendant drop. Hollow, D-section, S-curve handle has a domed oval terminal with oval attachment. Bottom underside struck once above centerpoint "IHURD" in raised slanted serif letters in a curvilinear surround; old red-bordered white paper collection label adhered below.
Maker is Jacob Hurd (1702/3-1758) of Boston, MA; he was a prolific silversmith and numerous examples of his work survive. Two of his sons Nathaniel (1730-1778) and Benjamin (1739-1781), were also silversmiths.
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date made
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 19.9 cm x 18 cm x 12.6 cm; 7 13/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 4 15/16 in
overall: 8 in x 7 in x 4 7/8 in; 20.32 cm x 17.78 cm x 12.3825 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Arthur Michael
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