This lot is accompanied by a signed note from Kathryn C. Buhler, dated 1978, stating she believes the engraved initials under the base to be contemporary to the tankard.
Jeremiah Dummer, America's first native-born silversmith, made a small group of very fine tankards with cut-card decoration on the cover and handle join. Six similar examples are known, of which five are in the following public collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (34.16), the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (42.224), Historic Deerfield (Flynt & Fales no. 25), Addison Gallery of American Art at Andover, and The South Parish of Portsmouth New Hampshire. Another example from the Huling family of Rhode Island, now in a private collection, sold at Christie's, June 17, 1992, lot 71.