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Porringer

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The raised vessel has a central dome with convex sides and a vertical rim. Its center point is visible on the dome, both inside and underneath the bowl. A pierced keyhole-style handle is soldered at right angles to rim. The handle has been bent downward at the tip.

Inscription

The roman letters "G / D * M" are engraved on the handle, with letters facing bowl. "ETA" in sprigged script was added in a later hand on the convex side of porringer opposite handle.

Marks

To left of handle is marked "ID" in roman letters within an ellipse.

Provenance

Family history places original ownership in the Greenleaf family, but cannot be proven. The later script monogram is probably that of Elizabeth Turner Amory (1820-1846),1 who married Ivers James Austin (1808-1889) in 1846.2 To their daughter, Catherine Austin (b. 1850), d. unm.; to her niece Elizabeth Shaw Greene (1886-1945) and maritime historian Samuel Eliot Morison (1887-1976), m. 1910; to their daughter and the donor: Catherine Victoria Morison (b. 1925), wife of Julian Cooper.3 1. Emma Worcester Sargent Epes Sargent of Gloucester and his Descendants, (Boston, Ma.: Houghton, Mifflin, and Co., 1923), pp. 146, 148. n.a. Sargent Genealogy: William Sargent and his Descendants to the Children of the Sixth Generation (Typescript, NEHG Library, c. 1951), pp. 56, 145. 2. Edith Austin Moore and William Allen Day, comp., Descendants of Richard Austin of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1638, St. Petersburg, Fla.: Privately printed, 1968), pp. 102, 186. 3. George Abbot Morison, Nathaniel Morison and His Descendants (Peterborough, N.H.: Peterborough Historical Society, 1951), p. 150; Gary Boyd Robert, "New England Ancestry of HRH Princess of Wales," NEHGR 136 (October 1982):324. Massachusetts Vital Records, Marriages.

Credit Line

Gift of Catharine Cooper-Morison

about 1715–25

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

4.8 x 20.4 x 14.2 cm (1 7/8 x 8 1/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1991.586

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware