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The porringer, with center point, has a wide dome in the base and a convex bulge in the side walls, rising to a slightly everted rim. The cast handle, broken at its tip, has a pierced geometric pattern with seven voids and two open circles. A pitted area under handle may be an unidentified mark....

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On handle facing bowl in shaded Roman letters (over effaced engraving), "E * F". On bottom of bowl, incised later: "9-0-0".


On everted rim to right of handle is the mark "DI" in Roman capitals with a circle, having an annnulet above and a pellet below.


The original owners are unknown due to the effaced initials over which appears the engraving “E * F.” The first known owner was probably Elizabeth Vergoose (1694 – 1727), m. Thomas Fleet (1685 – 1758) in 1715. According to family history, the Samuel Burt teapot, David Jesse porringer, a London-made creampot, a cup by Nathan Hobbs, and a small cann by Harris Stanwood and company, all of which were made a gift to the Museum, were acquired at different dates and passed along the matrilineal line in the following manner: The teapot passed to Mary Fleet (1770-1815), the daughter of Elizabeth and John Fleet, who in 1796 married Ephraim Eliot, M.D. (1761-1827), the son of Rev. Andrew Eliot D.D. and Elizabeth Langdon; to their daughter, Mary Fleet Eliot (1808-1897) and her husband, Ezekiel Lincoln of Hingham, Massachusestts; to their daughter Helen Frances Lincoln, wife of Rev. Charles Williams Duane; to their daughter Louise Duane, wife of Bodine Wallace; by inheritance in 1947 to her daughter, Emily Wallace, who donated the teapot in 1985 with her husband, Franklin H. Williams.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs Franklin H. Williams in memory of Louise Bodine Wallace

about 1695–1705

  • David Jesse, American, born in England, 1669–1705 or 1706
Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


4.5 x 18.3 x 14.2 cm (1 3/4 x 7 3/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware