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Decorative Arts and Design

CULTURE American
MAKER William Will
DATES 1764–1798
DIMENSIONS 7 5/8 x 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (19.4 x 17.1 x 12.1 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Marked on inside bottom of tankard: impressed "X" above partially struck rectangular stamp with "[…]WIL[…]"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed on underside of tankard outlined in impressed dots: "H G"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pewter tankard with hinged lid. Cylindrical body with stepped ridge around lower edge, body tapers toward top, then flares out at an angle at lip. Raised narrow band runs around body about 1 ¾" up from bottom. Attached, cast S-shaped handle (soldered on) with short tail end; handle tapers toward end and terminates in rounded ball. Lid is a stepped dome with molded and incised bands; hinged to top of handle with flat rectangular piece that extends from the hinge then bends upright (forming a thumb piece) and is soldered to lid at the underside of the bend; this thumb piece has a heart-shaped cut-out and its top edge is rounded with two flared, rounded corners. CONDITION: Fair; all-over scratches and pit marks; large dark spots of discoloration or corrosion; white spots of corrosion on handle and on body around handle; patches of pit marks or corrosion on top of lid and bottom of mug; small crack on side edge of lid; one deep pit on underside of lip near handle.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION American. Tankard, 1764–1798. Pewter, 7 5/8 x 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (19.4 x 17.1 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 47.182. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 47.182_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 47.182_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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