03-06-2011 03-06-2011
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2538B Boston
March 6, 2011 11:00 AMCalender

Silver Tankard

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2538B Location: Boston Date / Time: March 06, 2011 11:00AM


Silver Tankard, Nathaniel Hurd (1729-1777), Boston, c. 1760, urn and flame finial on a stepped domed lid over a tapered cylindrical body with applied band at lower body, the front engraved with bird surmounting a coat of arms within a rococo cartouche, surrounded by cornucopia and flower sprays over the inscription "S. P. Parrot"; hollow scroll handle with scroll thumb-piece with a rounded drop at upper joining, and with engraved monogram N over J+M, the maker's mark with initial and surname with a pellet between in a cartouche with straight lower edge (Kane mark A), located on the body to the left of the upper handle terminal, (minor imperfections), ht. 8 3/4 in., approx. 28 troy oz.

Note: Nathaniel Hurd was the son of the prolific Boston silversmith Jacob Hurd (1702-1758). He was a noted silversmith as well as an engraver of currency, prints, trade cards, and bookplates.

A typewritten note accompanies the tankard which was written in 1928 by noted antiques dealer, Miss Katrina Kipper, of Accord, Massachusetts. It is addressed to a Mr. Robert Morse of Boston. She writes that the tankard belonged to the Newhall family of Concord and was handed down to members of the family of S.P. Parrot and Susan Parker of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Estimate $15,000-25,000

The tankard sided with subtle dents and scratches, more noticable small dents on cover and base edge. Lid reinforced on hinge area, small split on base edge.


Nathaniel Hurd, Hurd, S.P. Parrot, silversmith, Jacob Hurd, Katrina Kipper, noted silversmith, Accord, noted antiques dealer, Massachusetts, Robert Morse, New Hampshire, Portsmouth, Susan Parker