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Spout cup

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The raised pear-shaped vessel has an applied, molded, and scored lip and a drawn, molded, splayed foot with an applied foot ring. Its cast S-scroll handle is composed of several broken C scrolls, ornamented with sprigs, bud terminals, and a beaded rattail thumbgrip. The seamed teardrop-shaped...

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Inscription

Engraved "L / C S" on base in shaded roman letters.

Marks

Marked to left of handle and on base, over center point,"I E" with a crown above and a fleur-de-lis below, within a shaped cartouche.

Provenance

The engraved initials are for Charles Little (1685 – 1724) and Sarah Warren (1692 – 1756), m. 1712 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 1728, Sarah Warren Little m. second, former Harvard tutor and Fellow of the House, Rev. Nicholas Sever (also Seaver) (1680 – 1764), the owner of a large body of tutorial plate. The spout cup descended through the Sever family as follows: to their son William (1729 – 1809) and his wife Sarah Warren (1730 – 1797), m. 1755; to William’s son John (1766 – 1803) and Nancy Russell (1767 – 1848), m. 1790; to their son John (1792 – 1855) and Anna Dana (1800 – 1864), m. 1825; to their daughter Ellen (1835 – 1904) and George Silsbee Hale (1825 – 1897), m. 1868; to their son Richard Walden Hale (1871 – 1943) and Mary Newbold Patterson, m. 1903; to their son Richard W. Hale Jr. (1909 – 1976), who in 1940 m. Elisabeth Fairbanks, the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Richard W. Hale, Jr., in memory of her husband

1712–27

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

13.5 x 11.4 x 10.5 cm (5 5/16 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1980.628

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware