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Creampot

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Raised, pear-shaped creampot has cast, scrolled handle and three pad feet. An applied, drawn molded rim leads into spout having a small baluster drop. Legs have been pushed into body, and there is an old, repaired break in handle.

Inscription

Later engraving "L / I * M" appears below the mark in roman capitals. The letters "A L D L D" sprigged script, added later, are found on the body below the spout.

Marks

Stamped " J [pellet] AUSTIN" in roman letters within a rectangle on the base.

Provenance

Possibly owned by the May family of Roxbury, Massachusetts, by descent to the donors.1 1. [n.a.], A Genealogy of the Descendants of John May who came from England to Roxbury in America, 1640 (Boston: Franklin Press, 1878), pp. 4, 43-4, 53, 83.

Credit Line

Gift of Martha May Eliot and Abigail Adams Eliot

1740–60

Object Place

Charlestown, Massachusetts

Dimensions

9.9 x 8.4 x 5.5 cm (3 7/8 x 3 5/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.280

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware