Tankard, 1733-1752
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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The tankard, which was raised from a flat disc of silver, is baluster-shaped, with a bulbous lower body incurving toward the neck. The body is more completely columnar than is frequent in Philadelphia tankards and cans. The vessel stands on a low, moulded foot. The double scrolled handle is hollow, and has a pointed applied tip. It is fastened to the cover with a cast hinge that has a pendant drop and an open thumbpiece in the form of opposed C-scrolls. The low, double-domed cover has an extended lip; its underside is flanged to fit over the rim of the vessel. Engraved on the back of the handle are the letters F over B*D, the initials of the last name and both first names of the owners. The coat of arms used by Franklin is engraved on the body opposite the handle. The vessel is marked four times on the underside, at cardinal points, with the maker's mark, EB, in a rectangle. The surviving body of work marked by Boudinot is small. At the time of the creation of this database (2006), it was the only tankard known to bear Boudinot's mark.
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Commissioned by Franklin from Boudinot
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