Overall: 3 7/8 x 3 in. ( 9.8 x 7.6 cm ) Silver Weight: 4 oz (troy) 8 dwt (136 g)
Wrought silver beaker; straight sides tapered from flared lip to applied, molded base band; engraved foliate scroll band around the rim; base engraved with four lines of circular inscription.
Gift of Dunkin H. Sill
Inscription: engraved on bottom with four lines which ready from exterior to interior: "WANNER MEN LIERDEREN SINGHET SO ENDE / CLAPTDAER NIET IN ENDE SPAERTEN / VWE WISHEIT TOT EN ANDE / REN TIT 1589"
This beaker was originally owned by Captain Hendrick Van Rensselaer (ca. 1554-1602), who died during the siege of Ostend, a bloody three-year battle between the Dutch and the Spanish for control of the United Provinces. Hendrick was father of the first patroon of Rensselaerswyck, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (ca. 1580-1643). The engraving on the underside suugests that it was used during convivial gatherings of men. It translates loosely: "When one sings songs, beware and take care; better spare your wisdom for other times."
Hendrick Van Rensselaer (ca. 1554-1602), who married Maria Pafraet (1558-1636); to their son Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (ca. 1580-1643), who married Anna Wely (ca. 1601-1670); to their son Jeremias Van Rensselaer (1632-1674), who married Maria Van Cortlandt (1645-1689); to their son Hendrick Van Rensselaer (1667-1740), who married Catharine Van Brugh (1665-1730); to their son Henrick Van Rensselaer, Jr. (1712-1763), who married Elizabeth Van Brugh (1712-1753); to their daughter Margareta Van Rensselaer (1742-?), who married Colonel Francis Nicoll (1737-1817); to their daughter Elizabeth (1768-?), who married Major Richard Sill (1765-1790); to their son Judge William Nicoll Sill (1786-1844), who married Margaret Mather (1787-1866); to their son John Sill (1822-1890), who married Lydia Beeckman Van Rensselaer (1827-1903); to their son Dunkin H. Sill (1853-after 1955), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.