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Porringer

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The small raised porringer, with a center point visible inside its domed bowl, has convex sides and an everted rim. The cast pear-shaped handle has nine pierced geometric shapes, at least two of which resemble tulips. It is soldered at right angles to the rim. A repair to a vertical break on the...

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Inscription

"M * S" engraved on handle in shaded roman letters, facing bowl.

Marks

Under handle is stamped "I [pellet] D" within a heart-shaped device, over a fleur-de-lis. On top of handle, above inscription is a small, incuse fleur-de-lis.

Provenance

Early history unknown. Probably owned by Francis Hill Bigelow and sold at American Art Association/Anderson Galleries, Inc., in 1936; owned in 1939 by William T. H. Howe (Yale College, Class of 1893); later purchased by Mark Bortman; to Bortman-Larus Americana Foundation; purchased by the Museum.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a Friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture

1690–1700

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

3.3 x 15.6 cm (1 5/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1985.410

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware