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Geometric handle, slightly flaring rim


handle engraved M (three dots) I. On inside of rim at handle A.L. J. (four dots) O.W.H.


EW in rectangle in bowl


By descent to Mr and Mrs Edward Jackson Holmes (1); 1935, lent by Mr and Mrs Holmes to the MFA; 1941, returned; 1960, re-lent by Mrs. Holmes; 1965, bequest of Mrs. Holmes to the MFa. (Accession date: March 10, 1965) (1) If the initials on the handle are read away from the bowl as MI, they are for Mary Jackson, daughter of Edward Jackson (d. 1757) who m. Oliver Wendell. If they are read towards the bowl as IW, they are for Jacob Wendell, father of Oliver. Mary and Oliver's daughter Sarah m. 1801 Rev Abiel Holmes; their son Oliver Wendell Holmes, m. 1840 Amelia Lee Jackson [the initials on the rim. Amelia was also Mary's great-niece]; their son Oliver Wendell Holmes m. 1861 Fanny Dixwell; his nephew Edward Jackson Holmes.

Credit Line

The Edward Jackson Holmes Collection—Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

about 1700

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 29

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Silver hollowware