Jacob Hurd (American, 1702 or 1703–1758)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


19.6 x 18.7 x 10.2 cm (7 11/16 x 7 3/8 x 4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver hollowware

The raised straight-sided tankard is wider at the base; a center point is not visible. One midband appears above lower handle join, and an applied stepped molding appears at the base. The domed and stepped lid with inner flange has a downturned rim and scored edge. The tankard has capstan finial, scrolled cast thumbpiece, and five-part hinge. The raised seamed handle has short baluster drop at shoulder. A rounded drop appears under handle at top join to body; an oval disk is used at the lower point of attachment. The convex oval terminal has a lozenge-shaped air vent below. One dent on vessel appears to left of handle below midband.

This classic Boston tankard, with its stepped lid, capstan finial, scrolled thumbpiece, and oval domed terminal, was a staple of Hurd’s workshop in the 1730s and 1740s.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.


On body of vessel opposite handle is engraved in script "Belonging to the Chh of Christ / in NEWTOWN / 1740".


To left of handle is stamped "Hurd" in script within an ellipse; on base at center within a shield is stamped "Jacob / Hurd."


1973, gift of the First Church of Newton, Mass. to the MFA.
The lack of a donor's name on the Hurd tankard prompted Kathryn Buhler to surmise that it may have been purchased with general funds.
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Gift of the First Church in Newton