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Tankard with a raised stepped-and-domed lid topped by a cast spiral or flame finial and straight tapered sides with applied moldings around rim, midbody and base. Cast S-curve scroll thumbpiece with anthemion on reverse attaches to five-knuckle hinge with pendant drop. Hollow, D-section, S-curve handle is engraved on face "CS" in conjoined foliate script letters and has a scrolled tab terminal with circular attachment. Struck once on rim exterior to left of handle and on bottom underside "W.BURT" in raised serif letters in a rounded-corner rectangle. Bottom underside incised "HISMSH." above mark; old red-bordered white paper collection label. No centerpoint.
Maker is William Burt (1726-1751) of Boston, MA; son of John Burt (1692/3-1746) and brother of Samuel (1724-1754) and Benjamin (1729-1805), all silversmiths.
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date made
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 7 7/8 in x 7 in x 4 7/8 in; 20.0025 cm x 17.78 cm x 12.3825 cm
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Credit Line
Estate of Arthur Michael
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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