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Oviform creampot, high at back and with high broad grooved lip, molding applied around rim; fits into high splayed foot affixed to square base with applied vertical rim. High strap handle, shaped above joining over lip, tapers to rounded end almost at foot. Bright-cut band near lip. very worn...

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Inscription

Engraved "AF" in script in a worn ellipse under spout. There are numbers scratched on the underside of the bottom, difficult to decipher, but possibly a scratch weight.

Marks

Apparently unmarked.

Provenance

Correspondence from the donor, Mrs. Jabez S. Holmes (widow) dated February 1913 gives the following history: "This pitcher belonged to Mr. John Grant of Boston about 1700; he gave it to Miss Abigail Furber whom he brought up--her initials are on it--; later she gave it to Miss Sally Pike,the second wife of my grandfather E.O. Bouve of Boston, and she gave it to my Mother when she was a young girl. Abigail Furber had a large collection of beautiful silver and during the Revolutionary War she had it all put in an iron bound box and lowered down her well for she said, "the British shall never have it." After the War was over and she returned to Ann St.--now North, where she owned her home, also a large wharf--she had the box drawn up and the pitcher was one of the pieces. My mother has given it to me and as I have no children and am a native of Boston, I would like to give it to the Museum of Fine Arts if they will accept it." The creamer, clearly in the neoclassical style, was probably made after, not before, the Revolution, and certainly well after 1700, making the purported ownership by John Grant unlikely and clouding the story about its being hidden during the Revolution. The ownership by Abigail Furber, whose initials are engraved on the front, is possible, as is the descent to Sally Pike (given by Kathryn C. Buhler as "Price"), second wife of E. O. Bouve, grandfather of the donor.; gift of Miss Jabez S. Holmes, 67 Elm Street, Jamaica Plain, Mass. (Accession Date April 3, 1913)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Jabez S. Holmes

1790–1800

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 445

Dimensions

Overall: 16.2cm (6 3/8in.) Troy weight: 4 troy ounces

Accession Number

13.438

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware