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The raised straight-sided cann, tapering slightly toward rim, has a drawn molded base and lip, with drawn midband near lower terminus. The S-scroll handle is heavily worn and dented, with breaks at several points in seam. A rounded drop appears at the upper terminus. The grotesque mask at the...

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Inscription

Faint initials on handle read "R / C * E." Scratch weight of "9 " 15" engraved on base, and halo of former museum accession number "2.39" and faint crude initials that include the letter "I" engraved on base. Worn engraving of Andrews or Storer arms displayed within an asymmetrical cartouche, emblazoned argent on a chevron gules between three mullets gules, three quatrefoils pierced. Crest, an unidentified animal. The whole surrounded by broken scrolls and raffles and flanked by floral standards.

Marks

To right of handle, within a rounded cartouche, marked "JOHN / BURT" in roman letters.

Provenance

The arms on the mug are those of either the Andrews or Storer family, yet neither is easily connected by marriage to the Furness family of Boston. It is unclear how or when the mug came into their possession, although it possibly came through a member of the Henchman or Hurd families, with whom they intermarried.

Credit Line

Gift of Anne, George and Jessie Furness

about 1725

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

11.9 x 14.6 x 8 cm (4 11/16 x 5 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1991.668

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware