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The raised cylindrical vessel has an everted lip and a stepped, slightly splayed foot ring soldered to its base. A round disk is soldered below the lip and opposite the engraving. It supports a seamed circular socket that is soldered at right angles to the vessel. The socket tapers slightly...

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Inscription

The italicized inscription "The Gift of Mrs Eliza Peirce to Eb. Storer Tertius Augt 10th 1752" is engraved in a single line around center of vessel.

Marks

On bottom of vessel, over center point, is stamped "S [pellet] E" having a crown above and a device below, all within a notched shield.

Provenance

The 1752 birth of Ebenezer Storer, Tertius, was commemorated with the gift of this saucepan from his maternal great-grandmother. Elizabeth (Gerrish) Wade Pierce (b. 1674) of Dover, New Hampshire, was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Waldron) Gerrish and the second wife of Portsmouth merchant Joshua Pierce (1670/71 – 1742/43), m. 1718/19. Ebenezer was the grandson of their daughter Anna Pierce (1702 – 1770) and Boston merchant Joseph Green (1703 – 1765), m. 1727, and the son of their daughter Elizabeth Green (1734 – 1774) and Ebenezer Storer (1729 – 1807), m. 1751. Ebenezer Storer died in infancy, and the saucepan descended to his namesake and brother, born in 1754, who m. Eunice Brewster in 1780. By descent to his sister Mary Storer (b. 1758) and Seth Johnson (b. 1767), m. 1796. To their son Charles John Johnson (1797/8 – 1843) and Mary Noel Neilson (1803 – 1863); to their niece Mary Storer Martha Annis Neilson (1833 – 1929) and David Murray (1830 – 1905) of New Brunswick, New Jersey, m. 1867. By descent to their kinsman, the antiquarian and genealogist Malcolm Storer (1862 – 1935) and his wife, Grace Ayrault (1868 – ca. 1963). By descent to their daughter Muriel Storer (b. 1904), the donor, and Egerton Burpee Sawtell, m. 1931, who made the gift in her parents’ name.

Credit Line

Gift of Grace and Malcolm Storer

about 1752

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

6 x 21.5 x 9.5 cm (2 3/8 x 8 7/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1991.607

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware