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The thick, straight sides curve to an almost flat bottom. There is a center point in the bowl. The cast trefoil handle has four simple piercings to form a center shield, with a knob on the tip and a thickened bar at the joining 3/16 inch below the rim.


Engraved near front M/ AI, on bottom, recently M.B.Le.M - M LeM W 1917 (other recent engraving stoned from back of handle)


IH RS near handle


Initials for Arthur (d. 1707/8) and Johannah (Parker) Mason (d. 1704/5), m. May 5, 1655; by descent to Mrs. Strafford (Margaret LeMoine) Wentworth (1); bought by Mr and Mrs Philip Spalding; 1940 lent by Mrs Spalding to MFA; 1942, gift of Mrs Spalding and children to MFA. (Accession date: April 9 and 16, 1942) 1: their daughter Mary, m. Rev. John Norton; their grandaughter Elizabeth Quincy, m. Rev. William Smith, ancestors of Mrs Wentworth

Credit Line

The Philip Leffingwell Spalding Collection—Given in his memory by Katharine Ames Spalding and Philip Spalding, Oakes Ames Spalding, and Hobart Ames Spalding

about 1655

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 2

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Medium or Technique





Silver hollowware