The heavy-gauge raised vessel has a scribed, thin, applied, molded rim and nearly straight sides, curving to a flat bottom supported by a molded splayed foot ring.
Riddell coat of arms within an elliptical shield having a chevron with two ears of rye above and one below, engraved within a foliated and scrolled mantling. The motto "HOPE TO SHARE" is inscribed on a scroll below arms.
On bottom of vessel marked "IC" crowned over a coney and set within a shield-shaped cartouche.
Probably purchased in Boston by Walter Riddell (c. 1679-1738) of England; probably by descent in the Reddell family in England; before 1972 discovered by Mrs. Yvonne Riddell Crow among family belongings in Roxburgshire; February 11, 1972, sold by Mrs. Crow at Phillips Auctioneers, London, Sale 18,923, lot. 183 (1), purchased by London dealer Thomas Lumley for Boston dealers Firestone and Parson; 1972 purchased from Firestone and Parson by the MFA. (Accession date: September 13, 1972) 1:The bowl was misidentified in the Phillips catalogue as the work of English silversmith J. Cornasseau, now called Isaac Cornafleau (w. 1722-1724).
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour