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...
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 repair has been made to a tear in the rim, opposite the handle.
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."
Marked "SV" over a fleur-de-lis, both within a heart, to left of handle.
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.
Gift of Dr. Benjamin Wood in memory of Anna Wharton Wood, and Marion Davis Fund