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Cann (one of a pair)

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Raised, gourd-shaped canns each have an applied rim and and splayed foot with foot rim. Cast, seamed, double-scrolled handle has leafy purchase.


In script and in roman letters, engraved "Presented to / GENERAL NATHANIEL GREENE / By the Officers of his Command / as a token of their esteem / for his qualities both as an / officer and gentleman"


Each marked "[pellet] REVERE" within a rectangle; one double-struck.


Said to have been presented to Reviolutionary war General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) and so engraved; advertised for sale by the New York City dealer C.W. Lyon in December 1940; in the collection of a Mrs. Breyer of Philadelphia in the twentieth century; acquired about 1964 by Jesse M. Bontecou, Millbrook, New York; acquired from the Bontecou collection at an auction in Pleasant Valley, New York (near Millbrook), by the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Brian and Arlene Palmiter


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Each: H. 5 5/8 in; diameter at lip: 3 1/2 in.; Diameter of foot: 3 3/8 in.; w. 6 in.; troy weight:: 14 oz 4 dwt 7 gr (442.1 gm) and 13 oz 17 dwt (430.8 gm).

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Silver hollowware