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Porringer

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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.

Inscription

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.

Marks

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

Provenance

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

1720–30

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1991.662

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware