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One-handled Cup

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The small, raised, cylindrical cup with a flaring rim has a stepped, molded base and a molded, scrolled strap handle. Metal fatigue from use is evident at contact points between vessel and handle, and a large repair has been made to the upper junction using a shaped piece of silver. A second...

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Inscription

On successively later dates, engraved on base in shaded roman letters "1691 E * W / 1729 M R 1793 / 1761 A H 1845 / 1795 D. F. W. 1888 / 1834 A. W. 1863 / [then upside down and proceeding away from original E*W:] 1864 A. W. S. / 1905 B. S.W." Sprigged script initials engraved on the vessel opposite its handle are a reiteration of those found on the base: "EW / MR / AH / DFW / AW / AWS / 1864 / BSW."

Marks

Marked "SV" over a fleur-de-lis, both within a heart, to left of handle.

Provenance

Made for Elizabeth Wanton (b. 1690/91 – 1762); by matrilineal descent (1) to Dr. Benjamin Smith Wood (b 1905) of Waltham, MA and Roanoke, VA; 1976, purchase and gift of Dr. Wood to the MFA. (Accession date: Jan 14 and April 14, 1976) 1:Elizabeth Wanton m. 1713 Abraham Borden (1690 – 1732) of Newport, Rhode Island; their daughter Mary Borden (1728/29 – 1798) of Newport and New Bedford, m. 1750 Capt. Thomas Rodman of Newport (1724 – 1766); their daughter Anna Rodman (1761 – 1845) m 1780 Thomas Hazard (1758 – 1828); their niece Deborah Fisher (1795 – 1888) [daughter of Anna's sister Hannah and Samuel Fisher] m 1817 William Wharton (1790 – 1856) of Philadelphia; their daughter Anna Wharton (1834 – 1863), d. unm.; her niece Anna Wharton Smith (1864 – 1945) m1898 Dr. Henry Austin Wood of Waltham (1855 – 1942); their son Dr. Benjamin Smith Wood.

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Benjamin Wood in memory of Anna Wharton Wood, and Marion Davis Fund

1704–1728

Object Place

Newport, Rhode Island

Dimensions

7.1 x 9.9 x 7.2 cm (2 13/16 x 3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1976.65

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware