Two-handed cup and cover
Two-handed cup and cover
1730/31 or 1732/33
Overall: 13 5/8 x 13 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. ( 34.6 x 33.7 x 18.4 cm ) Silver Weight : 92 oz (troy) 18 dwt (2889 g)
Wrought silver covered presentation cup; deep, urn-shaped body with an applied, molded midband and alternating, applied shell filled cartouches and oval portrait cameo cartouches with female and male busts; seated on a stepped, circular foot with a chased foliate and geometric band; two cast double-scroll handles with scrolled drops applied to opposite sides; circular stepped and domed lid decorated with the same alternating cartouches as the lower body and surmounted by a cast knop finial engraved on the front of the cup, "PRESENTED BY/ Anne Queen of England./ to/ COL. PETER SCHUYLER of ALBANY./ IN THE PROVINCE OF NEW YORK./ APRIL 19th..1710./ To commemorate his visit to England by request/ of the Provincial Government, accompanied/ by Five Sachems of the/ MOHAWKS" in script and block letters; engraved on the lid, "April 10th.. 1710." in script and "PS" in script; maker's marks stamped on the bezel and the base.
Bequest of Major Philip Schuyler
engraved: front center: "PRESENTED BY/ Ann Queen of England./ to/ COL. PETER SCHUYLER of ALBANY./ IN THE PROVINCE OF NEW YORK./ APRIL 19th..1710./ To commemorate his visit to England by request/ of the Provincial Government, accompanied/ by Five Sachems of the/ MOHAWKS" in script and block letters engraved: on the cover: "PS" in script on one side and "April 10th.. 1710." in script on the other stamped: on the bezel and the base: "J:E" in script in a cartouche, crowned leopard's head in a shield, lion passant in a rectangle
In 1710, Colonel Peter Schuyler took five Mohawk Indian chiefs to England to appeal to the Lords of Trade to take measures against the French to protect the safety of the colonies. The Native-Americans, whose dress caused quite a stir, were introduced to Queen Anne. The cup was long believed to be the Queen's gift to Schuyler; its stylistic features and hallmarks, however, indicate that it was made in the 1730s, many years after Schuyler and the Queen had died.
Possible descent: General Philip Schuyler (1733-1804), who married Catherine Van Rensselaer (1734-1803); probably to his son Philip Jeremiah Schuyler (1768-1835), who married Mary Anne Sawyer (1786-1852); to their son George Lee Schuyler (1811-1890), who married Eliza Hamilton (1811-1863); to their son Philip Schuyler (1836-1910), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.