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This raised tulip-shaped body sits on a short-stemmed domed foot encircled with a garland of repousséd and chased floral decoration. On the body, crisp oak leaves and acorns set in relief against a punched background frame an engraved inscription. The edges of the base and rim are beaded.


In script in a reserve on the front "A. E. Homer / from / A. Adams / -1854.- "


“LINCOLN & FOSS” within a rectangle struck above center point. Below are the incuse pseudohallmarks, quality, and place marks of an eagle in shaped cartouche, an eagle in shaped cartouche, and “L PURE COIN / BOSTON.”


Presented to Anne Elizabeth Homer (b. 1830) of Boston by A. Adams; the goblet descended in the Homer/Adams/Eliot families to sisters Dr. Martha May Eliot (1891 – 1978) and Dr. Abigail Adams Eliot (1892 – 1992), the donors.

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Gift of Miss Martha May Eliot and Miss Abigail Adams Eliot

about 1854

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 14 x 9.5 cm (5 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.)

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Silver hollowware