The raised vessel has straight, tapering sides and a drawn and molded baseband; a center point is not evident. Below the applied and molded lip, the vessel is scored three times. The stepped lid with flat top and center point has a broad scored rim with a serrated edge near hinge and opposite...
The raised vessel has straight, tapering sides and a drawn and molded baseband; a center point is not evident. Below the applied and molded lip, the vessel is scored three times. The stepped lid with flat top and center point has a broad scored rim with a serrated edge near hinge and opposite handle. A five-part hinge with meander wire and short baluster drop is set below a repaired dolphin-and-mask thumbpiece. A hollow seamed S-scroll handle has a long rattail with rounded tip; the lower join is soldered to an elliptical disk. A shield-shaped terminus with acanthus border decoration displays a portrait bust at its center; a crude round air vent is beneath the terminus.
Engraved "A / D * B" in roman letters on handle below hinge. In a later hand, "1757" engraved below initials.
Marked "SV" over a fleur-de-lis within a heart on body to left of handle; lower portion of same mark on base; apparently same mark on lid overstruck with "IC" in an oval.
Daniel Arnold (1699 – 1773) and Bathsheba Ballou (1698 – 1790) m. 1720, of Smithfield, Rhode Island; by descent to their daughter Rachel Arnold (1730 – 1820) of Smithfield, Rhode Island, and Stephen Arnold (1728 – 1796) m. 1746/49; to their son Cyrus Arnold (1774 – 1850) and Ruth Arnold (1778 – 1849) of Smithfield; by descent to their son Cyrus Arnold (1815 – 1902) and Celia Ann Ballou (1825 – 1906), m. 1846; to their daughter Lillian Alpha Arnold (1864 – 1906) and William E. Williams (1867 – 1954); to their daughter Ruth Virginia Williams (1903 – 1987) and Russell E. Ritchie (1903 – 1991), m. 1928; by descent to their daughters Celia Ann Ritchie and Jean Ritchie Dingerson, the donors.
Gift of Jean Ritchie Dingerson and Celia Ann Ritchie