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Salt (one of a pair)

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The salt is a shallow, raised, circular vessel with convex sides and scored rim, supported on three cast, cabriole-style legs with hooflike feet. Accompanying box for the salt, made in the nineteenth century, displays silk fittings with gilt block letters that read “JOSEPH WARREN TO SUSANNAH...

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Each engraved "R * W / to / S* S " with "to / E * S " engraved in another hand. At a later date, names were added to fill out the initials as follows: Rd * Warren / to / Sh Sumner. / to / E * S / to / Elizabeth Sumner Lewis. / to George Lewis / 1771."


"B [pellet] BURT" within a rectangle on base, over center point.


Despite the prominence of the Boston families whose names grace these salts and their stamped custom-made cases, discrepancies in their texts obscure the identities of the original donor and first owner. The gift of the salts from the Warren family to the Sumner family was no doubt due to their relationship through sisters Mary Stevens Warren (about 1710 – 1800/3), mother of the patriot Joseph Warren, and Susannah Stevens Sumner (1709 – 1733). The gift was probably made by a member of the Warren family whose initials were “RW” to Susannah Boylston (1741 – 1781), who in 1757 m. Samuel Sumner (1732 – 1813), the son of Susannah Stevens Sumner. The salts descended to her daughter Elizabeth Sumner (1770 – post-1854) and Jesse Doggett (1761 – 1813), m. 1790.2 By descent to their daughter Elizabeth Sumner Doggett (1791 – 1874) and Elijah Lewis (1773 – 1858), m. 1819;3 to their son George Lewis (1820 – 1887) and Susan Minns Wheelwright (1827 – 1876), m. 1850; to their daughter Adeline Wheelwright Lewis (1858 – 1939) and John Heard (1859 – 1895), m. 1887;4 to their son John Heard Jr. (1889 – 1949) and his wife, Rosamond Gregor Marshall, the donor, m. 1939.

Credit Line

Gift of Rosamond G. Heard

about 1760–70

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 3 x 5.7 cm, 0.06 kg (1 3/16 x 2 1/4 in., 0.13 lb.)

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Silver hollowware