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Beaker

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The tall raised beaker has an inverted bell form, with a stepped and splayed foot and applied foot ring.

Inscription

On body of cup, below lip, is engraved "The Gift of Miss Abigal [sic] Parker / to the Church of Christ in Newton / 1768." Scribed guide lines for engraver are faintly visible.

Marks

Marked "S [pellet] M" in roman letters within a rectangle, below center point.

Provenance

The donor, Abigail Parker (about 1690 – 1767), was the daughter of Isaac and Mary (Parker) Parker. Her will, dated April 7, 1767, and proved May 5, 1767, provided £5 6s. 3d. “for some utensil for the use of said Church,” presumably this beaker. 1973, gift of the First Church of Newton, Mass. to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of the First Church in Newton

1768

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 13.5 x 10.7 cm, 0.35 kg (5 5/16 x 4 3/16 in., 0.77 lb.)

Accession Number

1973.21

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware