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The raised straight-sided bowl opens outward from its base toward a flaring lip. A strengthening disk has been applied to the base. Some repair continues below to the first of two reel-shaped elements that form the top of the stem. The central baluster is in the shape of an inverted egg; below...

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Below the rim, a pricked decoration in a foliated trefoil design contains the letters "T / B C." To the [viewer's] right of this design is the semi-script inscription "The Gift of A Freinde T * C."


Below the rim are two closely spaced marks; the first "IH" with a pellets above, all within a shield in the shape of a square surmounted by a circle, and the second, "RS" flanked by pellets with a partly effaced radiant sun above. Lower portion of mark is rounded at base, and incomplete above.1 1 Both marks compare favorably to Kane 1987, figs. 6a and 9a.


Made for the First Church, Boston; 1906, lent by the First Church to the MFA; 1906, returned; 1910, re-lent; 1970, the First Church merged with the Second Church to become the First and Second Church, Boston; 1999, purchased from the church by the MFA. (Accession date: June 23, 1999)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously in honor of Jonathan L. Fairbanks


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 20.3 x 11.4 cm, 0.4 kg (8 x 4 1/2 in., 0.88 lb.)

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Silver hollowware