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Two-handled Cup with Cover

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The raised body of the cup is in the form of an inverted bell. It rests on a domed, stepped foot. An applied wire circles the midsection of the cup. Above it, an engraved coat of arms is centered on the plain surface. The rim has a slightly flared lip, and the insides of the cup and cover...

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ARMORIALS: engraved on front and on cover, the arms and crest of Hancock impaling Henchman for Thomas Hancock who married Lydia Henchman, 1731. INSCRIPTIONS: scratched on underside, 55-170


On a disk inserted into underside, maker's mark G with a W inside (Grimwade 918)(struck twice); lion passant; leopard's head crowned.


According to tradition, Thomas Hancock (1702-1764), by descent ot his wife, Lydia Henchman Hancock (1714-1777), to their nephew John Hancock (1736-1793), to his widow, Dorothy Hancock Scott, given in 1825 to her nephew-in-law Joseph May (1760-1841), by descent to Samuel Joseph May (1776-1870), to his son Frederick Warren Goddard May (1821-1904), to his son Frederick Goddard May (1861-1954), Gift of the heirs of Samuel May (1723-1794) to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 10, 1972)

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Gift of the heirs of Samuel May (1723-1794)

English (London), after 1722

Object Place

London, England


H. 28.5 cm x W. 27.5 x D. 17.8 cm (11 1/4 x 10 13/16 x 7 in.); Weight: 1,729.4 gm (55 oz 10 dwt)

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