Nathaniel Hurd (1729-1777), son of the prolific silversmith Jacob Hurd, was famed as an engraver of bookplates, trade cards and prints. A cup and cover by Hurd is engraved with the Whitechurch arms within a similar rococo cartouche flanked by sprays of flowers (French, cat. no. 30). About 50 examples of Hurd's work survive, and only one other tankard is known, that made for Prudence Stoddard circa 1760 and now in the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Pear-shaped tankards are extremely rare among New England silver.