The raised hemispherical bowl with everted walls has an applied rim and a small circular base with slight exterior molding. Firescale is noticeable. A small stress crack is below the rim, three inches to the left of the arms.
"E / I = L" is engraved on the base in roman capitals over lightly scored guide lines; scratch weight of 14 oz [illegible] 7" is faintly visible. Unidentified arms are engraved within a Rococo cartouche, surrounded with shell and scroll forms, flanked by slender leaves and swagged below. The arms, emblazoned on a field argent, a fess or between two barrulet azur cotised.
Surname "HURD" stamped on base in small roman capitals within a rectangle.
The vessel was possibly owned by Elizabeth Cutt (1709 – 1805) and the Rev. Joseph Whipple (1701 – 1757), m. 1727, or by Elizabeth Cutt Whipple through her second marriage of 1758 to the Rev. John Lowell (1704 – 1767). At the time of this later marriage, the initials “E / I = L” were added, an unusual arrangement of letters that appears to be an anomaly. The bowl descended to Judge John Lowell (1743 – 1802), Reverend Lowell’s son by his first wife, Sarah Champney (1704 – 1756). Judge Lowell m. his third wife, Rebecca (Russell) Tyng (1746 – 1816), in 1778, and the bowl descended to their son the Rev. Charles Lowell (1782 – 1861), pastor of West Congregational Church in Boston, m. Harriett Brackett Spence (1783 – 1850) in 1806. By descent to their daughter Mary Traill Spence Lowell (1810 – 1898) and Samuel Raymond Putnam (1797 – 1861), m. 1832. The vessel probably descended to their daughter Georgina Lowell Putnam (b. 1835), d. unm., and thence to her cousin Charles Lowell (1855 – 1905), who in 1885 m. Beatrice Kate Hardcastle (about 1852 – 1932). By descent to their daughter Mary Beatrice Lowell (b. 1888) and Frederick Southgate Bigelow (1871 – 1954), m. 1915, and thence to her brother Alfred Putman Lowell (1890 – 1954) and Catherine Hay Bowles (1890 – 1969), m. 1915, by descent to the donor.
Gift of Beatrice Hardcastle Magruder in memory of her father, Alfred Putnam Lowell