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Beaker

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inverted bell-shaped beaker has a flaring applied lip and a drawn stepped base, with applied foot rim.

Inscription

"The Gift of / Deacon William Trowbridge / to / The Church of Christ / in / Newtown / 1744" is engraved below mark on body of vessel.

Marks

The mark "Hurd" in a shaped cartouche appears between the lip of beaker and the inscription.

Provenance

Deacon William Trowbridge (1684 – 1744) was the brother of Margaret Trowbridge (1666 – 1710), whose husband, Ebenezer Stone (1662/63 – 1754), gave the John Edwards tankard to the First Church in Newton (cat. no. 52). Trowbridge’s will, dated July 2, 1744, and proved January 7, 1744/45, included a bequest of £5 to be provided for poor widows in the congregation but made no specific mention of a gift of communion silver. 1973, gift of the First Church of Newton, Mass. to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of the First Church in Newton

1744

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 14.1 x 9.4 cm, 0.31 kg (5 9/16 x 3 11/16 in., 0.68 lb.)

Accession Number

1973.22

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware