Nicholas Roosevelt (American, 1715-1769). <em>Tankard</em>, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 26.616_acetate_bw.jpg)


Artist:Nicholas Roosevelt

Medium: Silver

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Dates:Tankard: 1735-1769; Medallion: ca. 1639

Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (14 x 9.5 cm)


Accession Number: 26.616

Image: 26.616_acetate_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Cylindrical shape, moldings around base and rim. It is slightly smaller in diameter at the rim than at the base. There is a circular lid with a projecting serrated piece in the front. A marriage medal dating from 1639 has been set into the lid. The medal has a design of a man and woman holding hands while the figure of Christ with a halo stands in the background, blessing them. The medallion is encircled by an inscription in Dutch, translated as: "Behold this young woman whom I love and none other. She is my true one, my love and is next to God alone." On the underside of the lid the reverse side of the medallion is exposed. It depicts nude figures of a man and woman beside a river with a dog at their feet. A Dutch inscription encircles this scene as well: "May my Creator create us, whole flesh and bone into one." The tankard has a spiral corkscrew thumb-piece and a three-piece hinge attached at the handle. The handle is decorated with a rat-tail motif and on the flat oval terminal button is engraved the initial "R" over "I," which probably stands for Jeromus and Jane (his cousin) Remsen, the owners of the tankard. Condition: Good

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