Caudle cup (one of four)

about 1680
John Coney (American, 1655 or 1656–1722)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


10.5 x 18 x 12.2 cm (4 1/8 x 7 1/16 x 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)




Silver hollowware

Raised, plain, gourd-shaped vessel with flaring rim, flanked by two cast, scrolled handles.

John Coney produced at least seventeen caudle cups during his career. Of these, twelve were made for churches, including this set of four made for the church in Malden, Massachusetts, attesting to the adaptation of this domestic form for liturgical use.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.


Inscribed in shaded roman letters "M : C : Plate" on base.


Marked "I C" over a fleur-de-lys within a heart-shaped punch, on base at center, and on body, between handles.


1911, lent by the First Church in Malden to the MFA; 1991, Gift of the First Church in Malden, Congregational to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 1991)

Credit Line

Gift of the First Church in Malden, Congregational