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Long before he earned fame as a zealous patriot, Paul Revere Jr. was well known among his contemporaries as a superb silversmith and engraver. He learned his trade from his father, Paul Revere Sr., who had emigrated from France as a young man and apprenticed with noted silversmith John Coney....

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Inscription

Engraved with Ross crest; motto: "NOBILIS.EST.IRA.LEONIS"

Provenance

Early history unknown; John Ross of Philadelphia, m. Clementina Plumstead, daughter of William and Mary (McCall) Plumstead; her sister Miss Plumstead; returned to McCall family; Phoebe (Hoffman) Bickerton, whose mother was a McCall, from whom the piece was bought; given to the Museum in 1935 by the collector Pauline Revere Thayer.

Credit Line

Pauline Revere Thayer Collection

1760–65

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 346

Dimensions

Overall: 14.9cm (5 7/8in.)

Accession Number

35.1775

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware