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The constructed patch box is composed of two elliptical disks and matching narrow sides that form the lid and base. The soldered sides of the lid and base overlap for friction fitting. The top of the lid is engraved with a figure-eight design having a lozenge at its center; a herringbone pattern...

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Inscription

"Mary * Storer / [tilda] 1759 [tilda]" in script is engraved on base.

Marks

Very small touchmark "S [pellet] E" within a rectangle is stamped inside base of patch box.

Provenance

Although the significance of the engraved date “1759” is unknown, the box was most likely made by Edwards for his sister Mary (Edwards) Storer (1700 – 1771), rather than her daughter Mary (b. 1725), whose name would have changed after her marriage to Edward Green in 1757. Mary Edwards m. York, Maine, merchant Ebenezer Storer (1699 – 1761) in 1723. Descent in the Storer family, possibly through her granddaughter and namesake, Mary Storer (b. 1758), and Seth Johnson, m. 1796. The box may have accompanied the Samuel Edwards saucepan (1991.607) that was given by Mary Storer Johnson to her niece Martha Wilson and David Murray of New Brunswick, New Jersey; by descent to her kinsman Malcolm Storer (1862 – 1935) and his wife, Grace Ayrault (1868 – about 1963), m. 1899. By descent to their daughter Muriel Storer (b. 1904), the donor, and Egerton Burpee Sawtell, m. 1931, who made the gift in her parents’ name.

Credit Line

Gift of Grace and Malcolm Storer

1759

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

0.4 x 3.2 x 2.4 cm (3/16 x 1 1/4 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1991.608a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware