The raised vessel has a center point on bottom, a domed base with convex sides, and a small everted rim. The cast keyhole-style handle is soldered at a right angle to the rim.
"M * A" engraved in shaded roman letters on handle facing bowl. The Appleton crest, a pineapple on a torse, appears below initials. On base of porringer within dome is inscribed "H [cross] Gibbs / to / M [cross] A" in shaded roman capitals. Sources: Bolton, p. 5.
"IB" crowned in a shaped shield stamped on back of porringer handle, with a second fragementary strike inside bowl on center point. Ada Mark X
The porringer was purchased from Burt by Henry Gibbs (1668-1723) (Harvard College 1685), pastor of East Parish, Watertown, 1697, who married Mercy Greenough (1674/75-1716), the daughter of William Greenough about 1707. A largely matrilineal line of ownership to the donors can be established, beginning with its likely gift from the abovementioned Henry Gibbs to his daughter, Margaret (1699-1771), who married Rev. Nathaniel Appleton (1693-1784) (Harvard College 1712) of Cambridge in 1719. It may also have been given to commemorate the birth of his granddaughter, Margaret Appleton (1720-1768), who would marry Rev. Joshua Prentiss (c. 1719-1788) (Harvard College 1738) of Holliston, Massachusetts, in 1755. The porringer descended to their daughter, Margaret Prentiss (1759-1839), who married Rev. Timothy Dickinson (1761-1813) in 1789 of Holliston; to their son, Thomas Dickinson (1794-1844), and his wife Rhoda Adams (1794-1833), who were married in 1817; to their daughter, Annie (Nancy) Louisa Dickinson (1827-1912) of Holliston, Massachusetts, who married Henry Woods (1820-1901) of Barre in 1851; to their daughter, Helen Margarett Woods (1864-1941), who married David Rankin Craig (1854-1918) in 1891; to their son, James Wallace Craig (1893-1973), m. Margaret Crane (1897-1972) in 1927; to their daughter, the donor: Margaret Oliver Craig Locke (b. 1928). Sources: John Appleton, Monumental Memorials of the Appleton Family, (Boston, privately printed, Edward S. Coombs & Co., 1868), p. 18; Vital Records of Barre, Mass. to the end of 1849 (Worcester, Ma.: Franklin P. Rice, Publisher, 1903), p. 199; Vital Records of Holliston, Massachusetts (to the year 1850), (Boston: New England Historical Genealogical Society, 1908), p. 52, 127, 199, 259, 309-10, 344; Mrs. Mary Isabella Gozzaldi, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877; Supplement & Index Comprising a Biographical and Genealogical Record of the Early Settlers and their Descendants (Cambridge, Ma.: The Cambridge Historical Society, 1930), p. 19; Hamilton Perkins Greenough, Some Descendants of Captain William Greenough of Boston, Massachusetts and Notes on Related Families (Santa Barbara, Ca.: privately printed, 1969), p. xxvi; Edward W. McGlenen, comp., Boston Marriages from 1700 to 1809, 1752-1809 (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1977); Dr. Elinor V. Smith, comp., Descendants of Nathaniel Dickenson, (no.pub, city.; Dickenson Family Association, 1978), p. 205, 223, 241; Dorothy Drinkwater Rees, Holliston Massachusetts 1724-1974, The Story of New England Town (Holliston, Ma.: Town of Holliston, 1974?), p. 52, 199, 259, 309, 344; Lucius Page, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a Genealogical Register (Boston: H. O. Houghton & Co., 1877, repr. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 1986), pp. 482; 633; City Document #101, p. 10; Massachusetts Bureau of Vital Statistics, microfilm (James Craig Vol. 1, p. 51); death certificates (James Wallace Craig, Sr. (Vol. 65, p. 121); Margaret Crane Craig (Vol. 39, p. 330); Helen Margarett Craig (Vol. 10, p. 10); David Rankin Craig (Vol. 126, p 152); Annie L. Woods (Vol. 10, p. 697); Sibley's Harvard Class of 1685, Vol. 3, pp. 327-32; Sibley's Harvard Class of 1712, Vol. 5, pp. 599-605; Sibley's Harvard Class of 1738, Vol. 10, pp. 312-14; [Note to Ed: 1974 recorded as "?" in Eureka too]
Gift in memory of Helen and David Craig