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The spherical body with a molded foot ring rises to a cylindrical neck. An applied lip is scored and slightly everted. The S-scroll spout is affixed over a teardrop-shaped opening in the body. The cast handle has scroll returns at upper and lower points of attachment and a beaded rattail on...

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Inscribed "B / W * M" in roman letters on base. Later script reads "William & Mary Bowditch / Joseph & Sarah Hawthorne / Daniel & Rachael Hawthorne / Simon & Rachael Forrester / Eleanor Forrester. / dau. of Simaon & Rachael Forrester."


To left handle marked "IC" crowned over a coney, within a shield-shaped cartouche. On bezel of lid is stamped"IC" within an ellipse.


Probably be made for William (d. 1728) and Mary Gardner Bowditch (d. 1724) of Salem, who were married in 1688; by descent (1) to Major General Cortlandt Parker (1884-1960); 1936, lent by Major General Parker to the MFA; 1948, returned; 1950, re-lent; 1960, transferred to Mrs. Cortland Parker (Elizabeth Gray) (1886-1969); 1970, transferred to their sons Cortlandt (b 1921) and James (b 1924); 1991, gift of Cortlandt and James Parker to the MFA. (Accession date: Jan 22, 1992) 1: To their daughter Sara Bowditch (1695/96-1761), m.1715 Joseph Hawthorne; to their son, Daniel Hawthorne, m. 1756 Rachel Phelps (about1733-1813); to their daughter, Rachel Hawthorne (1757-1823), m. 1776 Simon Forrester (1748-1817); to their daughter, Nancy Forrester (1793-1881), m/ 1812 Gideon Barstow II (1783-1852); to their daughter, Eleanor Forrester Barstow (1826-1887) m 1854 Caleb Harrison Condit (1826-1881); to their daughter, Charlotte Mathilda Condit (1856-1933), m. Major General James Parker; to their son, Major General Cortlandt Parker.

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Gift of Cortlandt and James Parker in memory of Major General and Mrs. Cortlandt Parker


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


13.8 x 13.3 x 12.4 cm (5 7/16 x 5 1/4 x 4 7/8 in.)

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Silver hollowware