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The cann has a raised bulbous body on a splayed, drawn, molded foot. The flaring lip has a molded edge, and the scrolled seamed handle has a thumbgrip of midrib design. The handle is attached at the shoulder with an elongated drop and near the base with an oval disk. It has an oval terminus and...

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Engraved "M/D*E/1746" on handle in roman letters. Script dedication in a later hand appears within a circular band on vessel opposite handle, and reads "The Gift / of / Elizabeth Brooks / To the / First Church of Christ / in/ Malden."


Surname mark "HURD" in small roman capitals within a rectangle to left of handle.


The donor, Elizabeth Sweetser (1697/98 – 1782), was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Sprague) Sweetser of Mystic Side, Massachusetts, a region of Charlestown that was annexed to Malden in 1725.2 She m. Samuel Tufts (1697 – 1735) of Medford in 1723; Daniel Mansfield (1689/90 – 1758) of Lynn in 1735/36; and Ebenezer Brooks, yeoman of Medford (1697 – 1781), in 1760.3 1991, Gift of the First Church in Malden, Congregational. Engraved "M/D*E/1746" on handle in roman letters.

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Gift of the First Church in Malden, Congregational


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


14.3 x 16.2 cm (5 5/8 x 6 3/8 in.)

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Silver hollowware