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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1949.114.35
People
? John Ruslen, British (1656 - 1712)
Title
Tankard
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Lady's Tankard
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
1674-1675
Places
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Period
Charles II (1660-1685)
Culture
British, English
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/228939
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
9.53 x 11.43 x 7.94 cm (3 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.)
unspecified: 261 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • hallmark: struck on rim by handle: lion passant, leopard's head, date letter
  • coat of arms: on side, engraved: shown in a lozenge, eagle displayed within crossed pllume mantling
  • hallmark: struck on top of handle: lion passant, leopard's head, date letter
  • maker's mark: struck on rim by handle: IR [pellet between with rosettes] [possibly for John Ruslen, Jackson, p. 130, line 1]
  • maker's mark: struck on top of handle: IR [pellet between with rosettes] [possibly for John Ruslen, Jackson, p. 130, line 1]
  • inscription: engraved, on base: 8-9 / 14
Provenance
Private Collector, London [anonymous sale, Christie's, London, May 17, 1933, lot 131 (withdrawn)]. Sold, [through Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, May 17, 1937, lot 84]; to George E. P. How. Archibald Alexander Hutchinson, New York, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1949.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Archibald A. Hutchinson, Esq.
Accession Year
1949
Object Number
1949.114.35
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Of plain slightly tapering cylindrical form on flat base, the tubular scroll handle with tab-form terminal; the hinged flat domed cover with reeded border and cast bifurcated corkscrew thumb-piece; the front engraved with a lozenge of arms within crossed plume mantling.

Tankards of this size appear to have been used by ladies. This is borne out by the fact that many of them are engraved with ladies’ arms, such as the present example.
Publication History

Christopher Hartop, British and Irish Silver in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, Mass. and New Haven, 2007), pp. 63-64, cat. no. 28, repr. in b/w on p. 63, details repr. p. 64.

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