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 raised porringer has a center punch evident inside its domed bowl; convex sides and everted rim; and a cast geometric handle soldered to rim.


On handle, facing away from bowl, over effaced initials is "G / R [arrow pointing upward] K." Later engraving "Rufus Greene & Katherine Stanbridge / Married / December 11. 1728." appears on base of bowl in script.


Within the bowl and above the center point is stamped "EW" within a rectangle.


Original owners unknown. Acquired by the silversmith and merchant Rufus Greene (1707-1777) and his wife, Katherine Stanbridge (about 1708-1768), who were married in 1728. [1] By descent to their daughter C/Katherine Greene (1731-1777) and John Amory (1728-1803) m. 1757; to their daughter, Rebecca Amory (b. 1771) and John Lowell (1769-1840) m. 1793; to their son, the Hon. John Amory Lowell (1798-1881) and his second wife, Elizabeth Cabot Putnam (1807-1881), m. 1829; [2] to their daughter Ellen/Ella Bancroft Lowell (1837-1894) and Arthur Theodore Lyman (1832-1915), m. 1858; [3] to their son, Ronald Theodore Lyman (1879-1962) and Elizabeth van Cortlandt Parker (c. 1883-1953) m. 1904. [4] By descent to their son John Lowell Lyman (1915-1986) and Cynthia Forbes (B. 1918), m. 1942, the donor. 1. Kane 1998, p. 509-10. 2. Elizabeth Cabot Putnam and Harriet Silvester Tapley, The HOnorable Samuel Putnam & Saral (Gooll) Putnam with a Genealogical Record of their Descendants (Danvers, Ma.: Reprinted from the Danvers Historical Collections, Vol. X), p. 35-6. 3. Delmar R. Lowell, The Historic Genealogy of the Lowells in America 1639-1899 (Rutlant, Vt.: Published by the author, Tuttle Co., printers, 1899), p. 221. 4. Fiftieth Anniversary Report, Harvard Class of 1902 (Cambridge: Printed for the Class, 1952), pp. 415-16; Fiftieth Anniversary Report, Harvard Class of 1937 (Cambridge: Printed for the Class, 1986), pp. 451-52; Massachusetts Vital Records, Index to Marriages 547-654; Massachusetts Vital Records, Index to Deaths 97:402; 103:7.

Credit Line

Gift in loving memory of John Lowell Lyman

about 1710

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


5.4 x 20 cm (2 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique





Silver hollowware