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The cup has a straight-sided body with a center point on the base. The body is divided into twelve panels engraved with upright acanthus leaves centered on each edge in the metal. A cartouche on the front of the cup interrupts the row of leaves and is embellished with slightly asymmetrical...

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Inscription

"Eliza Fay French" engraved in script within a reserve framed with chased C-scrolls and foliage and centered on the body of the cup opposite the handle.

Marks

Stamped in rectangles "Davis Palmer and Co." in upper and lowercase italic letters and "Pure Coin" in upper and lowercase Roman letters on the base of the cup. Ada Mark * F4747

Provenance

Made a gift to Eliza Fay French (b. August 14, 1842) by her grandparents, Dorcas Clark Fay (b. Gloucester, Mass., 1785-d. Boston 1861) and Windsor Fay (b. Mason, N.H., 1780, d. Boston 1844). Dorcas and Windsor were married September 1, 1829, and had eleven children. The cup's original owner, Eliza Fay French, was the child of their daughter, Eliza Fay (1831-1843) and Otis E. French. Perhaps indicative of the grandparent's traditional gift to a new grandchild, Dorcas Fay had presented her son William C. Fay's child, William Henry Fay, (b. 1835), with a silver cup (MFA, Res. 34.2 ) as well. Eliza's cup descended through the Fay/French family to Annie Bolton (Fay) Bryant (m.William Matthews) and then to her daughter, the donor, Mrs. Wallace (Annie B. Matthews) Bryant (1870-1933).

Credit Line

Bequest of Annie Bolton Matthews Bryant

about 1842

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

8 x 10.5 cm (3 1/8 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.34.5

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware