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The raised, tall, gourd-shaped vessel has a splayed molded foot with foot ring. Circular tapered sockets hold a replacement scrolled, carved wooden handle with thumbgrip. Opposite the handle is the cast and chased panelled spout, with the head of a collared serpent at its tip. A domed...

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Inscription

Mantling on vessel to left of handle engraved with the later initials "C / W D [tilda] E. Scratch weight of "27 oz 10 dwt 0 g" incised on base.

Marks

Marked below rim near spout, on flange, and on bottom with "I C," having a crown above and a coney below, within a shaped cartouche. Ada Mark * B20962

Provenance

William Downes (1720 – 1788) and Elizabeth (Edwards) Cheever (1729 – 1802), m. 1749; by descent in the matrilineal line (1) to Mr and Mrs Robert Soutter (Helen Whiteside); February 1907, lent by Mrs. Robert Soutter to the MFA; May 1907, returned; 1911, re-lent; 1925, returned; May 1926, re-lent; Nov 1926, returned; Dec 1926, re-lent; 1934, returned; 1935, re-lent; Jan 1941, returned; Feb 1941, re-lent by Lamar Soutter; Nov 1941, returned; Dec 1941 re-lent; 1976, purchase and gift of Dr. Soutter to the MFA. (Accession date: Nov 18, 1976) 1: William and Elizabeth's daughter Eleanor Cheever (1749/50 – 1825) m. 1787 the Hon. Caleb Davis (1738 – 1797); their daughter Eliza Cheever Davis (1790 – 1828) m 1811 Dr. George Cheyne Shattuck (1783 – 1854); their son Dr. George Cheyne Shattuck Jr. (1813 – 1893) m. 1840 Anne Henrietta Brune (1809 – 1894); to their daughter Eleanor A. B. Shattuck (also called Elizabeth) (1842 – 1918) m. 1871 Alexander Whiteside (1825 – 1903); their daughter Helen Whiteside (1876 – 1940) m 1904 Dr. Robert Soutter (1870 – 1933); their son Lamar Soutter (1909 – 1996).

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Lamar Soutter and Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

1715–20

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

24.1 x 22.2 x 8.2 cm (9 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1976.771

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware