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Chafing dish

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Engraving may stand for William and Rebecca White of Haverhill, Masaachusetts; he died childless in 1773 and the estate was divided among his brothers and sisters. In Goss biography of Revere (1891), he gave the piece as the property of D. F. Appleton, and the exhibition in Jamestown (1907) recorded the initials as Revere II's second wife, an attribution unfamiliar to their descendant, Mrs. Thayer. The unusual double initials for the man fit Thomas James Grouchy, who was married to Mary Dumaresq in Trinity Church on Oct. 11, 1741, but no one of the surname can be found in later records. The same initials are on a caster by John Burt, carefully concealed by crosshatching, and on a sugar bowl by the patriot (Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut). Similar chafing dishes are by John Burt (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Samuel Burt (62.809); similar inner plates have been made by Jacob Hurd (60.1467)

Credit Line

Pauline Revere Thayer Collection

About 1740–50

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 152


31.7 x 20 cm (12 1/2 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver; replaced wood handle




Silver hollowware