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Tankard

Object Number: 
1951.18
Date: 
ca. 1746-1760
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/2 x 5 5/8 x 8 3/8 in. ( 19 x 14.3 x 21.3 cm ) Part (lip): 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm) Part (base): 5 5/8 in. (1
Marks: 
Lid engraved: cipher "JT[?]M Body engraved: "Murray. 1766 to 1881./L.W. Ledyard./The Oaks, 1881." Engraved on underside: "The/ Murray Hill Tankard./ Murray, New York, prior to 1766./ John Murray/ house pearl street 1770, Murray hill farm/ John R. Mu
Description: 
Wrought silver tankard; circular body with straight sides tapered from applied, molded, baseband to an applied, molded, flared lip; stepped, flat cover with serrated and engraved flange at the front; lid has circular reserve in the center with an engraved cipher, "J T M" in script; scrolled thumbpiece and molded hinge-plate with a broad molded drop and a small bead drop; double-scroll handle with a rat-tail terminal; front center engraved, "Murray. 1766 to 1881/ L. W. Ledyard./ The Oaks, 1881." in script; maker's marks stamped below rim, on both sides of the handle; engraved inscription in script on the base.
Gallery Label: 
Prized for generations as a historical relic, this silver tankard descended through the family of the prominent New York City merchant and banker John Murray (1741-1808). As the engraving on the underside indicates, the family named it the "Murray Hill Tankard," in reference to a widely-perpetuated legend about its role in the Revolutionary War. Countless local and national histories written during the nineteenth century state that John's sister-in-law, Mrs. Robert Murray (Mary Lindley, 1720-1782), entertained the British generals following their landing at Kip's Bay at her country home, Inclenberg, at Murray Hill. It has been hotly debated whether Mary Lindley Murray intentionally distracted the British officers during the lunch while General Israel Putnam led the flight of American troops to Harlem Heights.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Mrs. J. H. Ten Eyck Burr
Provenance: 
John Murray (1737-1808), who married Hannah Lindley (1746-1835); to their son John R. Murray (1774-1851), who married Harriet Rogers (ca. 1786-1866); to their son John Rogers Murray (1811-1881), who married Anna Vernon Olyphant (1816-before 1880); to son-in-law Lambertus Wolters Ledyard (1836-1897), who married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Vail (1840-1901), the adopted daughter of John Rogers Murray; to their daughter Elizabeth Murray Ledyard Ten Eyck Burr (1868-1950), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group