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Porringer, Child's

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The small raised porringer with geometric handle has convex sides and a slightly everted rim. The faint small dome in the bottom of the bowl has a center punch. The cast handle has pronounced filing marks on its underside, perpendicular to bowl.


Script inscription in a later hand reads "Mary Lowell / 1833 / Mary Lowell Coolidge / 1891" on underside of bowl.


On the back of handle, "EW" over a fleur-de-lis in a shaped cartouche, struck over the faint mark of "WR" conjoined with a coronet above, within a circle. To left of handle, incomplete mark "EW" over a fleur-de-lis within a shaped cartouche.


Mary Lowell (1833-1915) of Waltham, Massachusetts, m. 1856 Algernon (Sidney) Coolidge (1830-1912); gift to her granddaughter and namesake Mary Lowell Coolidge (1891-1958). 1971, purchased from Gebelein Silversmiths, Boston by Eric M Wunsch; 1983, gift of Mr Wunsch to MFA. (Accession date: Jan 18, 1984)

Credit Line

Gift of the Wunsch Americana Foundation in recognition of Kathryn C. Buhler

about 1687–1720

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


3.9 x 17 cm (1 9/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware