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The slender pear-shaped vessel is raised and has octagonal facets; the body is soldered to a simple concave foot with applied foot ring. An applied collar at rim receives a pair of cast, scrolled, bayonet-style mounts affixed below molding of a similarly faceted, tall, domed lid. A pierced and...

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Inscription

Dudley crest engraved on body (lions head erased on a torse) within an ellipse and surrounded by broad scrolled and foliate decoration; within scribed lines, the initials "E : J" in roman letters are found on base, below touchmark.

Marks

Stamped "BH" over addorsed crescents, all within a shield on base of caster. Ada Mark * F4434

Provenance

The presence of the Dudley arms suggest that it was made for Col. William Dudley (1686-1740) and Elizabeth Davenport (1704-1750) who were married in 1721. By descent to their daughter Catherine (1729-1769), who married the loyalist merchant Peter Johonnot (1729-1809) in 1751. Having no issue, the initials "E : J" signify one of Peter's two unmarried sisters, Elizabeth (b. 1731) or Esther (b circa 1743-48) Johonnot.1 Subsequent history unknown until the twentieth century, when the caster was purchased in Canada by Ivor Cornman of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and sold to the Museum. 1Andrew Johonnot, "The Johonnot Family," NEHGR 7 (April 1853): 141-42; D.D [poss. Dean Dudley] "Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants," NEHGR 10 (October 1856): 338-39.

Credit Line

Marion E. Davis Fund

Boston, MA, 1720–30

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 16 x 5 cm, 0.19 kg (6 5/16 x 1 15/16 in., 0.42 lb.)

Accession Number

1982.503

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware