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Shallow elliptical box, almost vertical rim, curved sides embossed with four medallions divided by gadroons and acanthus leaves, band of reeding below; domed bottom; on four scrolled feet. High domed cover has delicate edging on moulded rim, band of reeding (cracked) midway to flattened top...

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Engraved S/ GM on front medallion


Initials "EW" above a fleur-de-lis in a shaped shield twice each on rims and cover


Original owners unknown; Gurdon and Mary (Whittingham or Withington) Saltonstall of Boston and New London, Connecticut, m. Nov. 13, 1712; 1913 lent by Miss Lydia C Head to MFA; 1915, returned; by 1936, to Philip L Spalding; 1936 temporary loan of Mr Spalding to MFA; 1940, transfered to Mrs. Spalding; 1942, gift of Mrs. Spalding and children to MFA. (Accession date: April 9 and 16, 1942)

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The Philip Leffingwell Spalding Collection—Given in his memory by Katharine Ames Spalding and Philip Spalding, Oakes Ames Spalding, and Hobart Ames Spalding

about 1702

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 69


Overall (h x w x d): 17 x 21.6 x 14.6 cm (6 11/16 x 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.); 22 oz., 15 1/2 dwt.

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Silver hollowware