Dish Ring and Cover

Irish (Dublin)
1765 (Cover); 1781 (Dish Ring)
Possibly by Samuel Walker (died in 1769)

Object Place: Europe, Dublin, Ireland


H. 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.); Weight: 439 gm (14 oz 2 dwt) and 448 gm (14 oz 8 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





The spoll-shaped dish ring is chased and pierced with scrolls, foliage, flower heads, a figure of a chinese man, a woman gathjering flowers, and a swan. The upper and lower edges are reinforced with a square wire rim. The domed circular cover, fromed from chased, pierced sheet of light gauge, has an everted crimpted rim. The chased work represents scrolls, roses, sunflowers, grapevines, figs, and pomegrantes. A cast finial in the shape of an eagle with splayed wings is attached to the cover with a bolt and star-shaped nut.


ARMORIALS: engraved on cover, the arms, crest, and motto of Seward


On outside of lower foot band, maker's mark MS (Jackson, p. 640); date letter I; harp crowned; Hibernia. On rim, harp crowned; maker's mark SW (Bennett, p. 176, no. 471); Hibernia.


Janet Morse, New York, purchased by the MFA, H.E. Bolles Fund for $850. (Accession Date: November 14, 1940)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund