User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.


Start collecting

The porringer has a small center dome and inclined base leading to convex sides and everted rim. The cast keyhole-style handle bears cast and chased decoration. Dents are visible in the sides directly opposite from and to proper right of handle, and a sharp dent appears on the base, below handle.


On handle, with initials facing away from bowl, "P / S * H" in shaded Roman capitals. On base "oun / 7" and "pw / 7 -" with star between.


Marked "GH" in Roman capitals in a crowned shield with a device below, near center point inside porringer.


According to the donor, the initials are those of the Rev. Samuel Phillips (1689 – 1771) of Andover, Massachusetts, m. Hannah White (1691 – 1775) of Haverhill in 1711/12. By descent to their daughter Lydia Phillips (1717 – 1749) and Dr. Parker Clark (b. 1718), m. 1742; Lydia was the sister of Samuel and John Phillips, founders of Phillips Academy, Andover. To their daughter Hannah Clark (1743 – 1832) and Dr. Edward Russell (1736 – 1785) of Andover, m. 1767; to their son Gen. Edward Russell (1782 – 1835) and Lucy Stevens (1787 – 1870), m. 1812; to their daughter Margaret Elizabeth Russell (1815 – 1860) and the Hon. Charles Northend Cogswell (1797 – 1843), m. 1839. To their son Dr. Edward Russell Cogswell (1841 – 1914) and Sarah Parks Proctor (d. 1907), m. 1864; to their son Dr. George Proctor Cogswell (1867 – about 1953) and Anna Willis Bumstead, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, m. 1895; to their son Elliot Proctor Cogswell (1905 – 1988) and the donor, Marion Park (1907 – 1995), of Weston, Massachusetts, m. 1930.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Elliot P. Cogswell


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique





Silver hollowware