William Bradford Cup

This silver wine cup belonged to Pilgrim leader and Mayflower passenger William Bradford, who governed Plymouth Colony for thirty years. Made for Bradford in London, the cup bears his initials on one side.
The idea of America as a religious refuge originates with the Pilgrims, a group of English separatists who founded a colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. While the Pilgrims sought freedom to practice their own form of Protestantism, they were often intolerant of other kinds of worship in their settlement.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 3 in; 17.78 cm x 7.62 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Government, Politics, and Reform
National Treasures exhibit
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
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