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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Daniel Parker, American (Charlestown, Massachusetts 1726 - 1785 Boston, Massachusetts)
The Benjamin Pickman Tankard
Work Type
c. 1759
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Persistent Link
Level 2, Room 2340, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, The Silver Cabinet: Art and Ritual, 1600–1850
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Physical Descriptions
21.6 × 12.8 cm, 1.8 lb. (8 1/2 × 5 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: engraved: The Gift / of Bej.n Pickman Esq.r to the / First Church in Salem 1759. / Transferred to the / North Church / SALEM / 1772.
  • maker's mark: on cover, punched: D [pellet] Parker [mark of Daniel Parker]
Benjamin Pickman, gift; to First Church, Salem, 1759, transferred; to North Church, Salem, 1772, transferred; to First Church, Salem, 1927, sold; [through Christie's, New York, January 18, 2007, lot 58]; to Daniel Pollack, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2016.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Daniel A. Pollack and Susan F. Pollack, Harvard Classes of 1960 and 1964
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Tapering cylindrical form tankard. Applied middle band and molded foot. Domed cover with finial. Made in 1759 by Daniel Parker, this tankard is distinguished by its Rococo cartouche featuring the arms of the Pickman family.
Publication History

E. Alfred Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches, National Society of Colonial Dames of America (Letchworth, England, 1913), pp. 433-434

Charles Knowles Bolton, Bolton's American Armory, The F. W. Faxon Company (Boston, 1927), p. 131

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers: A Biographical Dictionary based on the Notes of Francis Hill Bigelow & John Marshall Phillips, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, 1998), p. 757

Early American Silver 1670-1820, Including the Darling Foundation Collection and Silver from the First Church in Salem, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (New York, January 18, 2007), pp. 60-70, lot 58, repr. pp. 60-61

Laura Turner Igoe, "A Prize of Silver", Index Magazine, Harvard Art Museums ([e-journal], June 22, 2017),, repr.

Exhibition History

32Q: 2340 Cabinet Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 09/24/2019; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/25/2019 - 12/31/2024

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