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Two-handled porringer

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The heavy raised porringer with well-defined dome at center has convex sides and a thick everted rim. The saw-cut keyhole-style handles are soldered to the rim along one axis.

Inscription

Engraved in shaded roman capitals "J [pellet] F [pellet] M [pellet] II" on one handle facing bowl; in a circular design on base "JAMES FRANKLIN McELWAIN II FROM HIS GREAT UNCLE JAMES FRANKLIN McELWAIN; across center of bowl on base "DECEMBER 31, 1933."

Marks

Marked "STERLING / PRATT" in sans serif capitals under unengraved handle.

Provenance

The porringer was a gift from James Franklin McElwain (1874 – 1958) to his great-nephew and namesake (b. 1933), who was the son of Alexander McElwain (b. 1897) and Beatrice Christina Stevens, m. 1928. Subsequently sold at auction about 1992 in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where it was purchased by the donors and later made a gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F. Sacks

1933–1934

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

4.9 x 25.8 cm (1 15/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1992.387

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware