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Flat-Top Tankard with Crenated Lid

Decorative Arts and Design

DATES 1761–1800
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 "[fleur-de-lis] F.B [fleur-de-lis]"
INSCRIPTIONS Incised on outer edge of handle, below hinge: "E.S"
CREDIT LINE Designated Purchase Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large 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 flared shape. 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: Good; light scratches, pit marks, and spots of discoloration all over; large dent in bottom of tankard; smaller dents or dings around body and on top of lid.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Frederick Bassett (American, active 1761–1800). Flat-Top Tankard with Crenated Lid, 1761–1800. Pewter, 6 7/8 x 7 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (17.5 x 18.7 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 45.10.158. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 45.10.158_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 45.10.158_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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