Tankard

Tankard
Tankard
Tankard
Tankard
Title
Tankard
Date 
1754-1769
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 8 3/8 in. ( 19 x 14.6 x 21.3 cm ) Base: 5 3/4 in. ( 14.6 cm ) Part: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) Si
Description 
Wrought silver tankard; circular body with straight sides tapered from applied, molded, baseband to an applied, molded, flared lip; stepped, flat cover with a serrated an engraved flange at the front and back; scrolled thumbpiece and molded hinge-plate with a broad molded drop over smaller beaded drops; double-scroll handle with a rat-tail terminal; engraved foliate scroll cartouche on the front center of the body with the initials, "LeSFR" superimposed over each other; maker's marks stamped on the base.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Pintard Fellows
Object Number 
1976.3
Marks 
Maker's mark (stamped): D C F / N:YORK Description: Maker's mark "DCF" and "N:YORK" stamped one time each in relief on bottom of either side of center punch Inscription (engraved): LeSFR
Gallery Label 
This tankard descended through at least five generations of the Fish family before its acquisition by the N-YHS. Nicholas Fish (1758-1833), its first known owner, may have received the mid-eighteenth-century vessel from his father. Nicholas Fish was a prominent American soldier, classmate and close friend of Alexander Hamilton, and aide-de-camp to the Marquis de Lafayette. The tankard descended in the Fish family, who took pride in its heritage and its role in the development of the city and the nation, and must have regarded this tankard, made around the time of Nicholas Fish's birth, as a precious family heirloom. This is evident in the later cipher added by the tankard's fourth owner, Susan Le Roy Fish Rogers (1844-1909), who had her initials boldly engraved in Gothic-style characters on the front of the tankard, perhaps at the time of her marriage to William Evans Rogers (1846-1913) in 1868.
Provenance 
Possibly owned by Jonathan Fish (1728-1779), who married Elizabeth Sackett (1729-1778); to their son Nicholas Fish (1758-1833), who married Elizabeth Stuyvesant (1775-1854); to their son Hamilton Fish (1808-1893), who married Julia Ursin Niemcewiez Kean (1816-1887); to their daughter Susan LeRoy Fish (1844-1909), who married William Evans Rogers (1846-1913); to their daughter Julia Fish Rogers (1868-1938), who married Kenneth Frazier (1867-1949); to her grandson Rev. Michael Hunt Murray (b. 1922); to S. J. Shrubsole, New York City; purchased from Shrubsole by N-YHS, 1976.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group