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One-quart Tankard

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
DATES ca. 1770
DIMENSIONS 6 7/8 x 7 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (17.5 x 18.7 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed on inside bottom of tankard in center: circular stamp with "[star] F.B [star]" within a roped ring. .
INSCRIPTIONS Incised on underside of tankard: "N H / HxB"; upside down, lightly scratched initials in seemingly different hand, "DAD" and "PAT[?]" and possibly others.
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Bergen Glover
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pewter tankard with hinged lid. Cylindrical body is banded around foot and tapers as it rises to banded top edge. Attached handle in shape of truncated "S" with short tail end terminating in a ball; raided molding and drop below hinge. Flat-domed lid fits over mouth of tankard, has flat, projecting rim with crenate edge in section opposite handle. Lid hinged to top of handle by thumb piece with grooved, scrolled end. CONDITION: Fair; badly tarnished, especially on handle; allover scratches, pitting, and spots of discoloration; bottom and top edges of tankard bent / misshapen in a couple of places; deep small notch in side of handle near center; hinge loose; white corrosion (?) around joins of thumb piece and handle.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION Frederick Bassett (American, active 1761–1800). One-quart Tankard, ca. 1770. Pewter, 6 7/8 x 7 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (17.5 x 18.7 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Bergen Glover, 61.51.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.51.4.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 61.51.4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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