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Large tankards were used as communal drinking vessels in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Those made of silver, such as this one, were particularly valued because silver was the coin of the realm and an indication of personal wealth.

This tankard was made for Jeromus and Jane Remsen, descendants of Sarah Rapalje (1625–1685). A medal that commemorates Sarah’s marriage to Hans Bergen in 1639 was inserted into the top of the tankard. The donor, Tunis Johnson, was a descendant of Rapalje’s.
DATES Tankard: 1735-1769; Medallion: ca. 1639
DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (14 x 9.5 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS see description
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Tunis Johnson
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CAPTION Nicholas Roosevelt (American, 1715-1769). Tankard, Tankard: 1735-1769; Medallion: ca. 1639. Silver, 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (14 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Tunis Johnson, 26.616. Creative Commons-BY
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