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The raised bulbous body ascends to a narrow neck and everted scalloped rim. A high curved pouring lip has been added by means of a scarf joint. Three cast cabriole legs have shells at the body and webbed trifid feet. The cast double-scroll handle, with its narrow thumbgrip, is attached at right...

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Inscription

The entwined monogram "CJY" engraved later on the body, opposite the handle.

Marks

The base of the vessel is twice-marked "B [device] H" within a rectangle.

Provenance

The initials, engraved in the second, or third decade of the nineteenth century, stand for the first known owner, Caroline James (b. 1807) of Boston, who married Rev. Alexander Young (1800-1854) in 1826. By descent to their daughter, Caroline James Young (b. about 1838/39) and General Robert Hooper Stevenson (b. 1838),1 m. 1872, and thence to their son, Robert Hooper Stevenson (1876-1965) and his wife, Alice-Lee Whitridge Thomas (d. 1972), m. 1916.2 Having no children, the creamer descended to their nieces and grandnephews, the donors. 1Alfred S. Roe, The Twenty-Fourth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers 1861-1866, "New England Guard Regiment," (Worcester, Ma.: Twenty-Fourth Veteran Association, 1907), p. 452; Charles Henry Pope and Thomas Hooper, comp., Hooper Genealogy (Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1908), pp. 126-27; Dictionary of American Biography XX:618-19. 2 Harvard Class of 1897, 25th Anniversary Report (Cambridge: Harvard University, 1922), p. 530; Massachusetts Vital Records, Index To Marriages 1871-1875, Box 3, Vol 246, p. 165.

Credit Line

Gift from the nieces and grandnephews of Mrs. Alice -Lee T. Stevenson, late of Boston: Alice Lee Thomas Bradlee, Rosamond Whitridge Thomas Oppersdorff, Elizabeth Chadwick Thomas Gwin, Hans Rolle Oppersdorff and Mathias Thomas Oppersdorff in memory of General Robert Hooper Stevenson

about 1750–60

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

10 x 9.4 x 6.6 cm (3 15/16 x 3 11/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1974.434

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware