Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 43


Overall (h x dia of foot): 20 x 14.9 cm (7 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.); Other (Lip): 12.7cm (5in.); Weight: 39 oz., 10 dwt.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)




Silver hollowware

Tankard with straight tapering sides, incised lines at rim, applied molded baseband. Flat stepped cover, molded flange serrated front and back. Cast dolphin and mask thumbpiece, scroll handle with broad rattail on body, cast cherub’s head tip; five-part hinge with wavy lines in molded hinge plates, the outer shaped.


Engraved with Browne arms and crest in acanthus scroll cartouche on front; MB on bottom.


Mary Browne (1679-1753, daughter of William Browne (d. 1716); by descent to Dr. E. Lawrence Oliver (1); 1924, lent by Dr. Oliver to MFA; 1929, returned; by 1932 to Philip L Spalding; 1932, relent by Mr Spaling to MFA; 1940, transfered to Mrs. Spalding; 1942, gift of Mrs. Spalding and children to MFA. (Accession date: April 9 and 16, 1942)

1: She m. Benjamin Lynde (Harvard (1686) 1699; their son Benjamin (b. 1700) (Harvard 1718), m. Mary, daughter of Major John Bowle and widow of Captain Walter Goodridge; their daughter Mary, m. Andrew Oliver (Harvard 1749), ancestors of Dr. Oliver

Credit Line

The Philip Leffingwell Spalding Collection—Given in his memory by Katharine Ames Spalding and Philip Spalding, Oakes Ames Spalding, and Hobart Ames Spalding