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Circular dish angled just below raised edge of embossed convex reeding with punched dots and half circles on narrow outer flange. The low trumpet foot has a tiny flange for fastening and is molded at convex curve to narrow flange. The dish is battered and broken across the rim, slightly left...

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Engravede B/WM on back. Added at varying recent times: William Bowditch / born at Salem / Sept. / 1663 [sic] d. / May 28, 1728 and in ray formation underneath: Joseph Bowditch / b. August 21, 1700, d. October 6, 1780. / Elizabeth [Bowditch] Jeffry. / b. Feb. 8th 1735, d. October 1797./ Elizabeth [Jeffry] Read./ b. Feb 10, 1772, d. March 21, 1855. / Jonathan Ingersoll Bowditch. / b. October 15, 1806, d. Feb. 19, 1889. / Alfred Bowditch / b. September 6, 1855, d. Feb. 22, 1918. / William Ingersoll Bowditch 2D. / b. Dec. 8, 1893. d.


ID fleur-de-lis below in heart near rim of dish


William (c. 1665-1728) and Mary (Gardner) Bowditch; descended in the Bowditch family. To MFA, April 1935, purchased for $1,250 from William I. Bowditch.

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 21


3.17 x 17.31 cm (1 1/4 x 6 13/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware