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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...

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Inscription

Engraved "Susan P. Baker" in script on the top surface of the applied thumbpiece.

Marks

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

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Charles T. and Susan P. Baker by bequest of the latter

about 1851

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

18.5 x 19.2 x 14 cm (7 5/16 x 7 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.1258

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware