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Baptismal basin

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This large circular basin with center point has a raised dome at center, gently curving convex sides, and a wide brim with applied molding. The brim is engraved with the Byfield arms on a shield, which is surrounded by elaborate scrolled and swagged mantling.

Inscription

Scratch weight of "27-5" appears on base; nineteenth-century metal disk with numeral "seven" is soldered to base.

Marks

At the center of the basin, above the center point is the touch "IHURD" in a scalloped cartouche.

Provenance

First Church, Boston. Probably made from the bequest of Nathaniel Byfield (1653-1733), which arranged for "Twenty ounces of Good Silver" to both the Rev. Thomas Foxcroft and the Rev. Charles Chauncy, the ministers of the First Church, Boston. Owned continuously by the church until purchased by the Museum in 1999 with an anonymous gift.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously in honor of Jonathan L. Fairbanks

1746

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 7 x 34.1 cm, 0.84 kg (2 3/4 x 13 7/16 in., 1.85 lb.)

Accession Number

1999.89

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware