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The scissor-style snuffers have small oval rings for handles. The cast arms are riveted at the point of crossing. One arm has a curved shallow pan with a deep rim attached to one blade and a shaped, pointed tip. The opposite arm is fitted with a flat blade that matches the pan opposite. The...

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Engraved on handle side of dish, F / I * S.


On flat sheet of snuffer, date letter e; lion's head erased (repeated on dish of snuffer and below handle rings); Britannia; maker's mark LA (Grimwade 1898); (repeated on dish of snuffer).


According to tradition, John Foye of Boston, who married Sarah (1672-1721), daughter of Simon Lynde Foye (1706-1778) who married in 1729 Sarah Boucher (b. 1706), daughter of Louis Boucher of Boston, to their daughter, Elizabeth (b. 1735) who married David Munroe of Lexington, Massachusetts, to their daughter, Abigail (b. 1771) who married Willard Brigham of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to their daughter, Abigail (b. 1807) who married in 1836 Joseph Hill of West Cambridge, to their daughter, Harriet A. Hill, Gift of Miss Harriet A. Hill to the MFA in Memory of her mother Abigail Brigham Hill. (Accession Date: July 15, 1915)

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Gift of Miss Harriet A. Hill in memory of her mother, Abigail Brigham Hill

English (London), 1700–01

Object Place

London, England


W. 3 cm x L. 13.5 cm (1 3/16 x 5 5/16 in.); Weight: 82.2 gm (2 oz 13dwt)

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