Caster

English (London)
1700–01
Marked by William Gamble (free 1688)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 16.1 cm (6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

15.915

Medium or Technique

Metal

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The cylindrical body, formed from seamed sheet, rests on a domed foot with a chased gadrooned rim. Its plain surface has three horizontal bands of applied molded wire: one above the foot, one just below the midsection, and one along the rim, which has a notch cut in it to match a bayonet fitting on the caster cover. The high domed cover is formed from a seamed, cylindrical lower section soldered to the raised domed top. It is pierced and engraved overall with stylized flowers, vases, and birds. The rim is strengthened with a molded wire and a gadrooned flange. A cut-card collar is applied to the top of the cover, and a cast baluster finial is at the center.

Inscription

Engraved on base, F/ I * S

Markings

Near rim, maker's mark GA (similar Grimwade 738) (repeated on cover) Britania (repeated on cover); lion's head erased; date letter e.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

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