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Spout cup (missing lid)

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The pear-shaped raised vessel has a drawn, splayed, and molded foot with an applied foot ring. Its seamed spout has a slender teardrop shape that begins above the foot and snakes upward, beyond the lip. A small heart-shaped opening leads from the vessel wall to the spout. The cast handle is...

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On body, opposite handle, engraved "R / I x M" in shaded roman letters. The letter "I" is engraved in a similar hand on the base, to left of mark.


Twice marked "IE" within a shaped cartouche, having a crown above and a fleur-de-lis below. The first mark is to left of handle; the second is on the base, over center point. Ada Mark * F4773


Josiah Richmond (b. 1697), a blacksmith of Middleboro, Massachusetts and his first wife, Mehitable Deane (b. 1697), by descent through either the Richmond or Deane families, which intermarried about one hundred years after the fabrication of the vessel. Subsequent history uncertain until the late nineteenth century, when the vessel was inherited by Dorothy Allen (1880-1956), the only child of Francis Richmond Allen (1843-1931) and Elizabeth Bradlee Wood (b. 1848), m. 1875. Dorothy Allen married Chandler Hovey (1880-1971/2) in 1906. By descent to their son, Charles F. Hovey (1909-1992), and subsequently to his wife, Anita C. (Hinckley) Hovey, the donor. Sources: William R. Deane, "Brief Memoirs of John & Walter Deane of Taunton, Massachsuetts," Chicago: Dean Brothers Blank Book and Printing Co., 1893, pp. 13-14; 18-19; n.a. "The Deane Family," NEHGR 3 (October 1849), p. 384-85; NEHGR 10 (1856):225; n.a. " A Branch of the Allen Family in New England," NEHGR 10 (1856):225; 49 (1895):225; 86 (1932):225; Joshua Bailey Richmond, comp., The Richmond Family 1594-1896 and pre-American Ancestors 1040-1594 (Boston: Published by the compiler, 1897), p. 16, 26, 35, 79, 180-81; 356-58; Edward Franklin Everett, Decendants of Richard Everett of Dedham (Boston: Privately printed, 1902), p. 40; n.a., The Hovey Book describing the English Ancestry & American Descendants of Daniel Hovey of Ipswich, Massachusetts (Haverhill, Ma., Press of Lewis R. Hovey, 1913), p. 266, 342; Mansfield Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, (Salem, Ma.: Essex Institute, 1933), p. 10, 24-5, 176; Genealogical Committee of the Harlow Family Association, Alicia Crane Williams, comp., The Harlow Family, Descendants of Sgt. William Harlow (1624/5-1691.) of Plymouth, Massachusetts (Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1997), pp. 14-15; 40; 48-50; 58-475-76; 179-180.

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Gift of Mrs. Charles F. Hovey in memory of Mrs. Chandler Hovey

about 1720

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 8.2 x 9 cm, 0.14 kg (3 1/4 x 3 9/16 in., 0.31 lb.)

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Silver hollowware