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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Edward Winslow, American (Boston, MA 1669 - 1753 Boston, MA)
"The Hedge Tankard"
Work Type
c. 1700
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
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Physical Descriptions

14.6 x 11.1 cm (5 3/4 x 4 3/8 in.)
2863.25 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Mark: EW; below: fleur-de-lis; shaped shield; engraved on bottom: Harvard College


Recorded Ownership History
From unidentified donor.
Harvard College, Cambridge, MA.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Loan from Harvard University; Unidentified donor
Object Number
European and American Art

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Straight tapering sides, moulded base and rim. Scroll handle with cherub's head tip, body drop, moulded hinge and dolphin and mask thumbpiece. Flat stepped cover with serrated edge.
The following eight vessels constitute Harvard's ceremonial silver. They are taken out of Harvard Art Museum storage and displayed only for the most important occasions, most notably for presidential inaugurations. Information about their history and display are in the files of the University Portrait Collection:

"The John Vassal Tankard", by Joseph Kneeland, American, 873.1927
"The William Vassal Tankard" by Joseph Kneeland, 874.1927
"The Dunster Tankard" by Ephraim Cobb, American, 876.1927
"The Stoughton Cup" by John Coney, American, 877.1927.A-B
"The Holyoke Caudle Cup" by John Coney, 878.1927
"The Hedge Tankard" by Edward Winslow, American, 879.1927
"The Great Salt", unidentified British maker, 881.1927
"The Browne Cup," by John Burt, American, 882.1927.A-B

Publication History

  • American Silver: The Work of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Silversmiths, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1906), no. 324
  • Furniture and Decorative Arts of the Period 1636-1836, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 31
  • Timothy Anglin Burgard, American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1994), p. 10, cat. 17
  • Jeannine Skerry, "'Ancient and Valuable Gifts': Silver at Colonial Harvard", New England Silver and Silversmithing, 1620-1815, The Colonial Society of Massachusetts (Boston, MA, 2001), pp. 183-209, pp. 189-190, fig. 4
  • Jeannine Falino, ed., New England Silver & Silversmithing 1620-1815, The Colonial Society of Massachusetts (Boston, MA, 2001), Pp. 189-190, Fig. 4; Pp. 183-209

Exhibition History

  • American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994
  • The Persistence of Memory: Continuity and Change in American Cultures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/29/1995 - 05/13/2001

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