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The raised helmet-shaped vessel has a square plinth supporting a circular splayed foot with a narrow vertical step. A slender C-shaped strap handle is attached to rim opposite the V-shaped mouth; an attenuated section of handle is soldered to body of vessel at lower join. Beaded decoration...

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Inscription

Entwined initials "HC " engraved in sprigged script within an elliptical device; "1787." engraved below crossed palms.

Marks

Unmarked.

Provenance

Probably made for Hannah Carter and William Smith, who were married in 1787; subsequent history unknown until sold in 1973 to the Museum by Firestone and Parsons, Jewelers, Boston.

Credit Line

Marion Davis Fund

1787

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Massachusetts

Dimensions

14.8 x 13.5 x 7.7 cm (5 13/16 x 5 5/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1973.214

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware