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.
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."
Marked "STERLING / PRATT" in sans serif capitals under unengraved handle.
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.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F. Sacks