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Inscription

Engraved on front with Auchmuty coat of arms including motto: "DUM SPIRO SPERO" ("While I breath, I hope") Engraved on bottom in block capitals: "M / T + E" Engraved in script to right of handle: "MDH / to / JAH" Scratch weight on bottom: "6 oz 17 dwt"

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Marks

Marked to left and right of handle: "AT" crowned in a shield above a device (Yale mark A or B)

Provenance

Probably made for Robert Auchmuty Jr. To Thaddeus Mason (1706-1802) and his second wife, Elizabeth (Sewall) Mason (1721-1755), m. November 7, 1748, of Cambridge, Massachusetts; by descent to their daughter Rebecca (Mason) Harris (1738-1801) and her husband, William Harris (1744-1778), of Charlestown ; by descent to their son, Thaddeus Mason Harris (1768-1842); by descent to John Alexander Harris (1804-1882); by descent to Thaddeus Harris (1856-1900); by descent to Mason Dix Harris (1898-1986) and Zaydee DeJonge (Mrs. Mason Dix) Harris (1898-1995); by descent to their son, Mason Dix Harris, Jr; 2009, gift of Mr. Harris to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 22, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Mason Harris and family

about 1720–30

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 10.2 x 11.4 x 8.9 x 6.7 cm (4 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2303

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware