Paul Revere’s tankard is in Colonial Williamsburg

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Part of an occasional series featuring interesting pieces in area museums or highlighting the stories behind them. This week we’re at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg.

An oft-told story of the Revolutionary War is that of Paul Revere’s “Midnight Ride” in 1775. He traveled through the outskirts of Boston to warn rebel settlers that warring British troops were approaching. After his death his journey became more revered – though often inaccurately narrated – through poetry (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in 1860) and song, including Up with People’s 1969.

Another lasting legacy of Revere is its craftsmanship.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation recently acquired a mug made by Revere, one of about three dozen known to have been made in his shop.

The mug was made around 1795 and has tapered sides, a large domed lid, and a pinecone finial. It is approximately 10 inches tall and can hold 6 cups of wine, beer, or cider. The owner’s name is not engraved on it, but the foundation says an owner could one day be identified by comparing his decorative features and weight (nearly 34 troy ounces) with studies from the archives of the Revere store. (When full, the mug would have been a hoist, just under 5½ pounds.)

It is on display in the museum’s “Silver from Mine to Masterpiece” exhibition in the Margaret Moore Hall Gallery of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 301 S. Nassau St.

Museum tickets: Adults, $ 14.99; youth ages 6 to 12, $ 8.99. Children under 6 enter for free.

Admission to the museum is included with admission to Colonial Williamsburg. Tickets: colonialwilliamsburg.org/tickets


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