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    A tankard made out of valuable material was part of its owner's capital. In the eighteenth century, a tankard might cost more than the annual income of most workers. The tankard was used communally, passed around filled with beer or ale. It helped to cement social bonds while it enhanced the status of the owner. The silver coin on this example's lid underscores that the tankard is made from the same material as money.

    • Maker: Simeon Soumaine, American, baptized 1685–ca. 1750
    • Medium: Silver
    • Place Made: United States
    • Dates: ca. 1715
    • Dimensions: 7 x 8 1/4 in. (17.8 x 21 cm) Base diameter: 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: On handle, "SS" [for Simeon Soumaine, maker]
    • Inscriptions: Incised on the tankard as noted in description: "LEOPOLDUS D. G. ARCHIDUX AUSTRIAE"; "DUZ BRGUNDI COMES TIROLIS"; and on the handle, the initials "V K / A G"
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape/Colony to Nation, 5th Floor
    • Accession Number: 20.793
    • Credit Line: Bequest of Samuel E. Haslett
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Tankard, ca. 1715. Silver, 7 x 8 1/4 in. (17.8 x 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Samuel E. Haslett, 20.793. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, composite view, 20.793_view1_glass_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Large cylindrical tankard is larger in diameter at the base than at the rim. There are narrow bands of molding around the base, and above it, a border of saw tooth-edged leaf motifs. There is a round cover with projecting edge serrated in the front. A silver medal is inset into the center of the cover. On one side is the bust of a duke in armor, crowned and holding a scepter and globe. At the right is the date 1632. Around him is an inscription: "LEOPOLDUS D. G. ARCHIDUX AUSTRIAE." On the other side is a blazoned a shield surmounted by a crown and encircled with the inscription: "DUZ BRUGUNDI COMES TIROLIS." There is a corkscrew thumb-piece and hinge fastened to the heavy silver handle. The initials "V K A G" are found beneath. There is a cherub's head on the handle as well as on the tip. Condition: Good
    • Record Completeness: Best (91%)
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