Tankard, 1733-1752
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
"An Image of Benjamin Franklin," University Hospital Antiques Show, 1963.
Benjamin Franklin and his Circle," Metropolitan Museum of Art, May - September, 1936.
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Benjamin Franklin and his Circle: A Catalogue of an Exhibition (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936) (notes by R.T.H. Halsey, Joseph Downs, and Marshall Davidson) Catalogue #309, illus. p. 139.

Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (New Haven and London: Yale University, 2005) (companion book to exhibition of same title) Fig. 4.09.

The tankard was made for Franklin and was used by him during his lifetime. In his will he left it to Elizabeth Hewson, daughter of Mary (Polly) Stevenson Hewson (daughter of Franklin's London landlady), through her mother.

Polly was of an age with Franklin's daughter, and became a surrogate daughter to him during his years in London. Franklin gave her away at her wedding to the noted surgeon Dr. William Hewson. After her husband's death, Polly Hewson came to Philadelphia with her children, and was a friend of Franklin and his family until his death. Her daughter married David Caldwell; their daughter married Dr. Florenz Rivinus; their daughter, Elizabeth, inherited this tankard. At her death, she willed it to Mr. E.F. Rivinus, who lent it to The Franklin Institute. Rivinus willed the tankard to his wife, Mrs. Marion W. Rivinus, who sold it to The Franklin Institute. Date of Accession: 1946-08-22.

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