Elias Boudinot III
Silver; H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm), W. 7 1/2 in. (19.0 cm), Diam. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Frankliniana Collection, The Franklin Institute, Inc. (Philadelphia, Pa.), 4575
In colonial society, tankards were used as drinking vessels and as "banks"--a silver object, such as a tankard, could be kept more securely than silver coins. This baluster-shaped silver tankard was made for the Franklins by silversmith Elias Boudinot III, a neighbor of the family on Market Street for several years.