Koenraet Ten Eyck (American, 1678–1753)
Albany, New York
Silver; Overall 3 5/8 x 5 1/4 in. (9.2 x 13.3 cm)
Inscriptions: JES; S / I [pellet] E
Gift of Miss Annie Clarkson, 1927 (27.85.9)
Resembling small tankards without covers, mugs were used for drinking beer or ale. They are customarily straight-sided and slightly tapered, and early examples are ornamented with a ribbed midband and molded base. Here, the applied bands are decorated with meander wire similar to that found on contemporary New York tankards. The interlaced reverse cipher, JES, engraved in script on the front of the mug, belonged to the original owners, Johannes Schuyler and his wife Elizabeth. Johannes was a prosperous fur trader and militiaman who served as mayor of Albany from 1703 to 1706. The mug is marked by Albany silversmith Koenraet Ten Eyck, whose two sons, Jacob and Barent, also became silversmiths. One of a pair, its mate is in the collection of the New-York Historical Society.