Ref #: SSXX07316
18th Century American Silver Tankard
Important early American silver tankard, the front engraved with the Penrose family coat of arms and crest within a scrolling surround, the initials 'PTS' inscribed on the handle along with 'IP', circa 1750, marked Joseph Richardson, Sr. (born in Pennsylvania, 1711-1784). 6.15" approximate height and 27 ounces approximate weight.
This tankard was originally owned by the Philadelphia shipbuilder Thomas Penrose (1709-1757) and his wife Sarah Coates. It is engraved with the Penrose family coat of arms and crest, as well as both of their initials. It also bears the initials of their son James Penrose (1737-1771).
Joseph Richardson, Sr. was one of Philadelphia’s most prominent 18th century silversmiths and has been called "the greatest in a family of great silversmiths."
In 1999, this tankard was exhibited at "WORLDLY GOODS: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We also have records of its inclusion in the University Hospital Antiques Show in 1969.