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Porringer

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The raised vessel has a stepped and domed base rising to convex sides and everted rim. A center point is evident in center and underside of bowl. The keyhole-style handle is soldered at right angles to the rim.

Inscription

On handle facing bowl, the monogram "M S" is engraved in entwined script. Scratch weight of "9-. oz- 9" engraved on base; in a large modern hand "8 = 14" appears to the right of "K J [J?] / $15.00."

Marks

"P [pellet] REVERE" within a rectangle marked in center of bowl and faintly on back of handle.

Provenance

Early history unknown. The porringer was loaned to the Museum in 1916 by Denman Waldo Ross (1853-1935), former trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and son of Frances Walker Waldo (1825-1884) and John Ludlow Ross (b. 1813), m. 1848. Ross transferred ownership of the porringer in 1930 to Gretchen Howes Waldo (1884-1976) (later Mrs. Thomas Mott Shaw) of Concord, Massachusetts, whose husband, Charles Sidney Waldo, Jr. (1883-1964) was Ross's first cousin once removed. In 1952 she transferred ownership to her son, the donor, Peter Waldo (b. 1917) of Carmel, New York.

Credit Line

Gift of Peter Waldo

1755–1800

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

5 x 21.4 cm (1 15/16 x 8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1991.783

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware