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The tall, raised, tapering cylindrical form has a drawn molded rim. Its seamed scroll handle has a pointed tonguelike terminal. The five-part hinge has a molded drop and a double-cusped thumbpiece. The stepped flat-topped lid has an inner flange and turned finial. Bands appear below lip and...

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"The Gift of the Honerable William Dummer, Esq.r / to the First Church in Boston. 1726." engraved below a cartouche framing a rampant lion holding a fleur-de-lis.


"I E" crowned over a fleur-de-lis, all within a shaped shield, struck on lid ans to left of handle. A third mark may be obscured by a circular disk applied later to base.


1726, given by William Dummer (1677-1761) to the First Church in Boston; 1906, lent by the First Church to the MFA; 1906, returned; 1910, re-lent; 1970, the First Church merged with the Second Church to become the First and Second Church, Boston; 1999, purchased from the church by the MFA. (Accession date: June 23, 1999)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously in honor of Jonathan L. Fairbanks


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


33.5 x 24 x 11.2 cm (13 3/16 x 9 7/16 x 4 7/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware