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Creampot

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The raised, bulbous, gourd-shaped vessel tapers upward to scalloped rim and attached spout. The cast double-scroll handle with thumbgrip is attached at rim and below, directly to body. Three cast cabriole legs with trifid feet support the creampot.

Inscription

Large, shaded roman capital letters "M. S. L." are engraved underneath creampot in a later hand; scratch weight of "4 oz12" is found above mark.

Marks

Touchmark "P [pellet] REVERE" is struck on base above center point.

Provenance

Working backward in time from the initials “M. S. L.,” said to be for Mary Traill Spence Lowell (1810 – 1898), it is likely that the first owner was Elizabeth Cutt (or Cutts) (1709 – 1805), probably after her first marriage in 1727 to the Rev. Joseph Whipple (1701 – 1757). Her second marriage of 1758 was to the Rev. John Lowell (1704 – 1767). Descended to Judge John Lowell (1743 – 1802), Reverend Lowell’s son by his first wife, Sarah Champney (1704 – 1756). Judge Lowell m. his third wife, Rebecca (Russell) Tyng (1746 – 1816), in 1778, and the bowl descended to their son the Rev. Charles Lowell (1782 – 1861), pastor of West Congregational Church in Boston, m. Harriett Brackett Spence (1783 – 1850) in 1806.3 By descent to their daughter Mary Traill Spence Lowell (1810 – 1898) and Samuel Raymond Putnam (1797 – 1861), m. 1832.4 The vessel probably descended to their daughter Georgina Lowell Putnam (b. 1835), d. unm., and thence to her cousin Charles Lowell (1855 – 1905), who in 1885 m. Beatrice Kate Hardcastle (about 1852 – 1932).5 By descent to their daughter Mary Beatrice Lowell (b. 1888) and Frederick Southgate Bigelow (1871 – 1954), m. 1915,6 and thence to her brother Alfred Putman Lowell (1890 – 1954) and Catherine Hay Bowles (1890 – 1969), m. 1915,7 by descent to the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Frances Lowell Hunsaker, Beatrice Hardcastle Magruder, and Christina Lowell Brazelton in memory of their father Alfred Putnam Lowell

about 1727

  • Probably by Paul Revere, Sr., American (born in France, baptized Apollos Rivoire), 1702–1754
Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

11 x 9.4 x 6.7 cm (4 5/16 x 3 11/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1022

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware