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The elliptical basket, formed from thin sheet, has flaring sides. It is supported by four cast foliate feet that extend from a ring of openwork foliage and scrolls. The sides of the basket are divided into vertical panels by bands of chased beading and on each panel is a pierced pattern of...

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Engraved on underside: "Madam Lydia Hancock / came in possession of this basket / -1758- / John Hancock 1778 / Mrs. Dorothy Hancock 1793 / Mrs. Nancy Salisbury 1830 / Mrs. Sarah Austin 1865 / Elihu Chauncey 1887 /Natalie Elizabeth Chauncey Pierrepont 1916 / Heathcote M. Woolsey 1953"


On side of piercing panel, maker's mark WP (Grimwade 3255); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter E


According to tradition, Thomas Hancock (1703-1764), given in 1758 to his wife, Lydia Henchman Hancock (1714-1777), by descent to a nephew, John Hancock (1737-1793), to his wife, Dorothy Hancock Scott (1747-1830), to her niece Nancy Salisbury, to Mrs. Sarah Austin, to Elihu Chauncy, to Natalie Elizabeth Chauncy Pierrepont, to Heathcote M. Woolsey; purchased through Paul L. Fishman, Boston, May 6, 1966, Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: May 6, 1966)

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1760–61

Object Place

London, England


26.3 x 37.6 x 30.3 cm (10 3/8 x 14 13/16 x 11 15/16 in.) Weight: 1,204.9 gm (38 oz 15 dwt)

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