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Snuffer Tray

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Each candlestick has a fluted hexafoil base with a scallop shell on each corner. From a circle at the center of the base the baluster stem rises to a flattened knop and a flaring, fluted mid section. The nozzle is urn-shaped. The waxpan is hexagonal, with scallop shells at each corner. The bases...

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ARMORIALS: engraved on nozzle of each candlestick, on each waxpan and on the handle of the snuffer tray, the crest of Cary for Samuel Cary (1731-1769), of Charlestown, Massachusetts. INSCRIPTIONS: engraved around the base of each candlestick and on the tray: "The Gift of {Zachy. Bourrijan& / Hungerford Spooner / Esqrs.} to Captn. Saml. Cary 1726".


On underside of the tray, maker's mark IC (Grimwade 1228); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter r


Probably Samuel Cary, by descent to Richard Cary Curtis, Brookline, Ma., Gift of Mrs. Richard Cary Curtis to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1958)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Richard Cary Curtis

English (London), 1752–53

  • Marked by John Cafe, first mark entered 1740, died about 1757
Object Place

London, England


H. 6.1 cm x W. 20.9 cm x D. 10.7 cm (2 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 4 3/16 in.); Weight: 328.9 gm (10 oz 11 dwt)

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