Porringer

about 1700
Edward Webb (American, born in England, 1666–1718)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 29

Accession Number

65.386

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Manning House (Gallery LG36)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

Geometric handle, slightly flaring rim

Inscription

handle engraved M (three dots) I. On inside of rim at handle A.L. J. (four dots) O.W.H.

Markings

EW in rectangle in bowl

Provenance

By descent to Mr and Mrs Edward Jackson Holmes (1); 1935, lent by Mr and Mrs Holmes to the MFA; 1941, returned; 1960, re-lent by Mrs. Holmes; 1965, bequest of Mrs. Holmes to the MFa. (Accession date: March 10, 1965)

(1) If the initials on the handle are read away from the bowl as MI, they are for Mary Jackson, daughter of Edward Jackson (d. 1757) who m. Oliver Wendell. If they are read towards the bowl as IW, they are for Jacob Wendell, father of Oliver. Mary and Oliver's daughter Sarah m. 1801 Rev Abiel Holmes; their son Oliver Wendell Holmes, m. 1840 Amelia Lee Jackson [the initials on the rim. Amelia was also Mary's great-niece]; their son Oliver Wendell Holmes m. 1861 Fanny Dixwell; his nephew Edward Jackson Holmes.

Credit Line

The Edward Jackson Holmes Collection—Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes