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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...

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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.

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Gift of Jean Ritchie Dingerson and Celia Ann Ritchie

about 1720

Object Place

Newport, Rhode Island


18 x 19.2 cm (7 1/16 x 7 9/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware