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Decorated with elaborate flat-chased leaves and circles on both sides, the creampot’s pear-shaped body curves in to the neck, which is bound with three ribs, and out to a flaring lip and broad spout. The body sits on a domed foot edged with two stamped bands of stars set against a dark...

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"Mary B. Fay / Jan 1st 1857" engraved on front. [hand on inscription is similar to that on 1973.645 made in 1850's]


Stamped on the bottom, "J. B. Jones & Co." within a rectangle. Ada Mark * F4771


Mary B. (Carter) Fay (1808 – 1889) was the wife of Boston merchant/distiller William C. Fay (1811 – 1889), son of Winslow Fay, prominent shipowner and merchant on India Wharf. The creampot may have been inscribed as a New Year’s gift to Mary in 1857, though the mark indicates the piece was made earlier. The family also owned a silver cup (Res. 34.2) from the Boston firm of Jones, Lows & Ball (active 1835 – 1840). See Res.34.2 and Res.34.5 for the donor's connection to the Fay family.

Credit Line

Bequest of Annie Bolton Matthews Bryant


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


16.7 x 16 x 10.5 cm (6 9/16 x 6 5/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Silver hollowware