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The mug has straight tapering sides; molded rim with applied molding below; and broad stepped baseband. The hollow scroll handle has a thumbgrip at shoulder. The handle is attached to the body with rounded drop at shoulder and with shaped tongue at terminus; a small circular vent hole is below....

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"I / S + R" is inscribed on base in roman capitals, the "I" and "S" over effaced initials. Later script initials "F.V. / 1856 / R.G.K. / 1880; C.F.B. / 1890 / H.V.G. 1916." appear on base. "E. V." in a modern hand is engraved on body of mug opposite handle.


On base at center is stamped "IC" crowned over a coney, within a shield-shaped cartouche; the same mark appears faintly to left of handle.


Original owners unknown, although the mug was probably made as a pair with the Museum’s other example by Coney (21.1256). The earliest likely ownership, as indicated by the later engraved text, can be dated to the early nineteenth century, beginning with Elijah Vose (1790 – 1856), m. Rebecca Gorham Bartlett in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1816. Upon his death, the mug may have passed first to his son Francis Vose (1821 – 1880), who died unm.; and upon his death to his sister Rebecca Gorham Vose (1819 – 1890), m. John Brooks Kettell in 1838. Their daughter Caroline Freeman Kettel (1846 – 1924) inherited the mug. Having no children through her 1878 marriage to William Brewster, she returned the silver to the patrilineal line through a gift to Henry Vose Greenough (1883 – 1973), the grandson of her uncle Henry Vose (1817 – 1869), who passed the vessel to his children, the donors.

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara Greenough Bradley, H. Vose Greenough, Jr., and Peter B. Greenough

about 1705–15

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


13.7 x 13.7 x 7.8 cm (5 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware