William Bradford Cup

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Description
This silver wine cup belonged to Pilgrim leader and Mayflower passenger William Bradford, who governed Plymouth Colony for thirty years. Made for Bradford in London, the cup bears his initials on one side.
The idea of America as a religious refuge originates with the Pilgrims, a group of English separatists who founded a colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. While the Pilgrims sought freedom to practice their own form of Protestantism, they were often intolerant of other kinds of worship in their settlement.
Location
Currently on loan
Credit Line
Jointly owned by the Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Smithsonian Institution
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
Religion
National Treasures exhibit
Government, Politics, and Reform
Food
ID Number
1985.0319.01
accession number
1985.0319
catalog number
1985.0319.01
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures
subject
Pilgrims
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 3 in; 17.78 cm x 7.62 cm
National Museum of American History
Object Name
cup