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Sauceboat (one of a pair)

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The raised sauceboat has an elliptical body and a large spout, with a center point evident on bottom. It has a cast and chased double-scroll handle, with foliate decoration at thumbgrip, and three cast legs with scallop-shell feet and scrolled knees, above which scallop-shell decoration is...

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The surname "Porter" is engraved in gothic script on side of vessel to right of handle.


"O. RICH." / in gothic letters "fine" / " * BOSTON *" stamped incuse throughout. Ada Mark X


Probably made for Henry Porter (b. 1793) of Medford, and his wife, Susan Simpson Tidd (1803 – 1853) of Boston, sometime after their marriage in 1824. Charles Tidd Porter (1825 – 1826), their firstborn son, died as an infant, and it is possible that one or two additional children, named Susan Emily Porter (bap. 1828) and Francis Henry Porter (bap. 1833), also died young. The donors were siblings on the Tidd side of the family whose birthdates postdate those of their Porter cousins. Susan Porter Baker (1837 – 1921) and Charles Tidd Baker (1830 – 1905) were the namesakes and first cousins of the first two Porter children and likely recipients of the family silver. Two additional objects in the MFA collection given by the same donors, a Zachariah Brigden porringer and a David Mosely cann, each bear the initials “T / I R,” indicating likely ownership in the Tidd family.

Credit Line

Charles T. and Susan P. Baker by bequest of the latter


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


13 x 20.5 x 9.5 cm (5 1/8 x 8 1/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

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Silver hollowware