3249
3249
An American Silver Tankard, John Brevoort, New York, circa 1770
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3249
An American Silver Tankard, John Brevoort, New York, circa 1770
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Iris Schwartz Collection of American Silver

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An American Silver Tankard, John Brevoort, New York, circa 1770
tapered cylindrical with molded baseband and rim, flat-domed cover with shaped peak, scroll thumbpiece, the double-scroll handle applied with baluster and ending in a scroll-drop terminal, the front engraved with arms within a foliate mantle of scrolled acanthus and husk swags
marked left and right of handle IBV in rectangle
height 7 5/8 in.
19.4cm
38oz 16dwt
1207g
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Catalogue Note

The arms are those of Hicks for Whitehead Hicks, born in 1728 at Bayside, Long Island (now Queens), the son of Judge Thomas Hicks and Deborah Whitehead, daughter of a major Flushing landowner.  Whitehead studied law under William Smith and was admitted to practice in 1750.  He served as clerk of Queens Country from 1757 until 1770.

He married in 1757 Charlotte Brevoort, only child of the silversmith John (Johannes) Brevoort, the maker of this tankard, and his wife Louisa Abigail (Private) Kocherthal.  A gold and white enamel mourning ring by Brevoort commemorates his grandson and godchild, John Brevoort Hickes, who died in 1761, aged two and a half (Yale University Art Gallery); the name was reused for another son born in 1765.

In 1766 Whitehead Hickes became the 42nd and last Royal Mayor of New York.  He served for ten years, resigning in 1776 as the position became untenaable.  He became instead a Judge of the Supreme Court, but retired shortly thereafter to Jamaica, Long Island; on the death of his father-in-law in 1775, Hickes had received a considerable inheritence.  Whitehead Hickes died on the property where he was born, in Bayside, in 1780.

The Iris Schwartz Collection of American Silver

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New York