Child's cup (part of child's breakfast set)
Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States
9.6 x 11.3 cm (3 3/4 x 4 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The bulbous raised cup with C-scroll handle has a center point on its bottom. It is ornamented with ribbing or panels that divide the sides and that have palmette decorations, which form the seam of these sections. It has a molded foot and rim.
This child’s service records a personal gift exchanged to and from prominent Bostonians at the turn of the twentieth century. It also documents a preference for marking important occasions with silverware. The set was presented in 1913 to Peggy Stuart Coolidge to celebrate her baptism. It is made of heavy-gauge metal and, despite use, has survived in good condition.
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.
“Stone [with profile of incuse chasing hammer stamped across St] / STERLING / C” struck on bottom.
Baptismal gift received by composer Peggy Stuart (1913-1981) in 1913; by descent to her husband, Joseph Randolph Coolidge IV, the donor in 1989.
Gift of Joseph Randolph Coolidge IV