• Important American Furniture,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2287

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver & Chinese Export

    21 - 25 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 73

    A SILVER TANKARD

    MARK OF JOHN BURT, BOSTON, CIRCA 1747

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    A SILVER TANKARD
    MARK OF JOHN BURT, BOSTON, CIRCA 1747
    Tapering cylindrical, with ring molding, domed cover, turned finial and scroll thumbpiece, the handle with oval disc terminal, engraved, The half of this Vessel was Given to the first Church of Christ in Beverly by Capt. I. Herrick and his two Sons and the other half by Deacon I. Wood and his two Sons H*H I*H 1747 I*W I*W, marked twice on body
    7½ in. high; 14 oz.


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    Captain Joseph Herrick, a donor of this tankard, commanded a troop of mounted rangers in the French and Indian War. His two sons, Henry and Joshua, were executors of his will and named donors of this tankard. Along with the tankard, Captain Herrick left 40 shillings to the pastor, Thomas Blowers. He mentioned the Church in his will:

    I give to the Church in Beverly £3 in (paper) money or bills of credit to be paid by my said executors each of them an equal part thereof. (Essex County Probate Court, #13158, courtesy Charles E. Wainwright)

    Church records, from October 1747, indicate that funds left by Captain Herrick and Deacon Israel Wood were to be allocated by a small committee which included Henry Herrick, Jr. and John Thorndike, Jr. By December of that year it was agreed that the bequeathed funds would be supplemented with donations from Henry and Joshua Herrick and used to commission a tankard.

    The inscription on this tankard indicates that Deacon Wood's sons, Israel and Joseph, contributed to the donation. Like his father, Israel Wood became Deacon of the Church and assisted in the fundraising effort that allowed the commission of the pair of tankards by William Cowell Jr. (lot 68).

    Provenance

    Captain Joseph Herrick (c. 1665-1726/7) married Mary Dodge (c. 1666- 1719). They had sons Henry (b. 1688) and Joshua (b. 1698/9). Captain Herrick married secondly, Mary Cushing (d. 1737) of Hingham.

    Deacon Israel Wood (c. 1676-1743) married first Annah Woodbury (c. 1680 -1707), in 1697, and secondly Edith Dodge (c. 1681-1743) in 1708/9. They had sons Israel (b. 1714) and Joseph (b. 1719/20).


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE FIRST PARISH CHURCH IN BEVERLY


    Literature

    E. Alfred Jones, Old Silver of American Churches, 1913, pp. 14 - 15, illus. pl. VI, no. 13
    Patricia Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, 1998, p. 257