Slightly tapered cylindrical form with moulded base band; flat-topped cover with convex mould above flange, has scroll thumbpiece and decorative hinge. Scroll handle has short body drop and pointed tip.
RGK over earlier letters on handle
twice at left of handle and twice on cover
Early history unknown. Initials are for Rufus and Katharine (Stanbridge) Greene, m. 1728; descened in family to Martha Catharine (Codman) Karolik(1); 1921, lent by Miss Codman to MFA; 1939, gift of Mr and Mrs Karolik to the MFA. (Accession date: January 12, 1939) 1: Buhler catalogue: Rufus and Katharine (Stanbridge) Greene, m. 1728; their daughter Katharine (b. November 22, 1731; d. London, April 11, 1777), m. January 16, 1757, John (b.August 29, 1728; d. 1803), son of Thomas (1682-1728) and Rebecca (Holmes) Amory; their son, John Amory, Jr. (b. June 21, 1759), m. November 23, 1791, Katharine, daughter of Levi and Catharine (Chandler) Willard; their daughter Catharine Willard Amory (1796-1850), m. Henry Codman (1789-1853); their son John Amory Codman (1824-1886), m. Martha Pickman Rogers (1829-1905) 1850; their daughter Martha Catharine (Codman) Karolik.
The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts