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Porringer

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The raised porringer has convex sides and a center point in its large domed base. The cast geometric-style handle is soldered at right angles to the everted rim. A repair is visible at the rim, to right of handle.

Inscription

Engraved "E N" in shaded roman letters on handle, facing away from bowl.

Marks

Marked "IC" over a coney within a heart-shaped device, to left of handle at rim.

Provenance

Made for Elizabeth Norton (1695 – 1769) of Hingham, daughter of the Rev. John Norton (about 1651 – 1716) and Mary Mason (1661 – 1740), m. 1678, possibly on the occasion of her marriage in 1715 to John Quincy (1689 – 1767) of Braintree. To their daughter Lucy Quincy (1729 – 1785) and Cotton Tufts (1732 – 1815) of North Weymouth, Massachusetts, m. 1755. To their son Cotton Tufts II (1757 – 1833) and Mercy Brooks (1763 – 1849), m. 1788; at this point the porringer probably crossed to the Brooks family. Possibly to Margaret Austin Brooks (1817 – 1886), niece of Mercy Brooks Tufts, and her husband, William Brigham (1806 – 1869), m. 1840; to their daughter Mary Brooks Brigham (1851 – 1919) and McPherson LeMoyne (1835 – 1900), m. 1875; to their son Charles LeMoyne (1876 – 1952) and Clara Marcus; to his daughter Mary Brooks LeMoyne (1917 – 2000) and William K. Zinszer (1914 – 2000); to their children, the donors.

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara Zinszer Hyre and Paul Harvey Zinszer

1710–15

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

5 x 20 x 13.7 cm (1 15/16 x 7 7/8 x 5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1997.305

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware