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Tea Canister

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The oval fluted canister has straight sides and a hinged, domed cover. It is formed from seamed sheet, with an inset base. The upper and lower borders are chased and engraved with a pattern of medallions and stylized foliage, and the center and back panels of the body are filled with a cartouche.


ARMORIALS:engraved on side, an unidentified coat of arms, crest and motto (sable on a bend between two cotises, three lions passant; crest; an eagle displayed; motto: Spectemur Agendo) INSCRIPTIONS: scratched on underside, 12-3.


On underside, maker's mark HC (Grimwade 972); lion passant (repeated on inside of cover); sovereign's head; leopard's head crowned; date letter p


Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: March 2, 1933).

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Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)

English (London), 1790–91

Object Place

London, England


H. 14.6 cm (5 3/4 in.); W. 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.); Diameter 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.) Weight: 357.2 gm (11oz 10 dwt)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; silver