The vessel is octagonal in cross-section, its raised tulip-shaped body is faceted with eight panels. The scalloped rim, with an applied rounded edge, gives way to a large set-in spout that rises above the rim in a great curve complementing that of the lower body. The contrasting angular handle...
The vessel is octagonal in cross-section, its raised tulip-shaped body is faceted with eight panels. The scalloped rim, with an applied rounded edge, gives way to a large set-in spout that rises above the rim in a great curve complementing that of the lower body. The contrasting angular handle attaches to the rim; rises sharply; and curves down to the hip of the body, where its W-shaped bottom edge attaches near a small vent hole. The applied base is octagonal, and the center of the bottom is closed with a thinner circle of silver. An applied edge on the base conforms to that surrounding the upper rim.
Engraved "Susan P. Baker" in script on the top surface of the applied thumbpiece.
Stamped "N. Harding" in script within a banner and "Pure Silver Coin" in a rectangle; "BOSTON" struck incuse in uppercase Roman letters . Ada Mark * F4735
Charles Tidd Baker (1830-1905) and Susan Porter Baker (1837-1921) are the donors of other items in the collection (see 21.1261).The sauceboats were probably made for Henry Porter (b. 1793) of Medford, and his wife Susan Simpson Tidd (1803-1853) of Boston, sometime after their marriage in 1824. Charles Tidd Porter (1825-26), their first-born son, died as an infant, and it is possible that one or two additional children, named Susan Emily Porter (bp. 1828) and Francis Henry Porter (bp. 1833), also died young. The donors of the sauceboats were siblings on the Tidd side of the family whose birthdates postdate those of their Porter cousins. Susan Porter Baker (1837-1921) and Charles Tidd Baker (1830-1905), were the namesakes and first cousins of the first two Porter children, and likely recipients of the family silver. Two additional items given by the donors, a Zachariah Brigden porringer (Buhler 1972 1:375, cat. 329) and a David Mosely cann (Buhler 1972 2:504, cat. 451), each bearing the initials "T / I R," indicate ownership in the Tidd family. Sources: Henry S. Nourse, ed., The Birth, Marriage, and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 (Lancaster, Ma., 1890), P. 176,362; 237; Obituaries, Boston Globe 20 (1905):210; 1 (1921)336; Vital Records of Medford to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historical Genealogical Society, 1907), pp. 277, 305, 113, 417; Thomas W. Baldwin, comp., Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts to the Year 1850), (Boston, ,1914); I:33, II. 458; death certificates, Massachusetts Vital Records.
Charles T. and Susan P. Baker by bequest of the latter