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The raised, cylindrical, staight-sided saucepan has an everted lip and applied stepped foot ring. A round disk, soldered to the body below the lip, serves as the footing for a slightly tapered, seamed handle socket that is circular in section. The socket is applied at a slight angle and holds an...

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Italicized engraving on body of vessel opposite handle, reads "The Gift/ of / Mary Storer / to / Isaac Smith Junr / May 7th 1749. Script engraving "Hannah Smith / to / Charles Wendell Townsend / 1898" in a later hand appears above and below center point. Scratch weight of "5oz " inscribed above the latter text.


"J. COBURN" is stamped in roman letters within a rectangle on bottom of saucepan, below center point.


Mary Edwards (1700 – 1772), wife of Ebenezer Storer (1699 – 1761), m. 1723, was the daughter of silversmith John Edwards and sister of silversmithing brothers Thomas and Samuel. The inscription implies that she gave the sauceboat as a baby gift to her grandson Isaac Smith Jr. (1749 – 1829). By descent to his great-niece Hannah Smith (1835 – about 1880), who in turn gave it to her nephew Charles Wendell Townsend (1859 – 1934) and Gertrude Flint (1870 – 1917), m. 1891. By descent to their daughter Margaret Townsend (b. 1894) and C. Hale Sutherland (b. 1884), m. 1920; by descent to their daughter Mary Flint Sutherland (b. 1928), the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Mary F. Sutherland

about 1749

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


5.5 x 24.5 x 9 cm (2 3/16 x 9 5/8 x 3 9/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware