Porringer

about 1755–75
Daniel Henchman (American, 1730–1775)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

5 x 20.9 cm (1 15/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1988.281

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The raised porringer has convex sides, an everted rim, and a stepped and high-domed base. One center point appears inside bowl; two appear outside. The cast keyhole-style handle is soldered at right angles to the rim. Five closely grouped dents and a second group of two dents appear on the side.


This conventional porringer is one of only two published examples by Henchman.

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.

Inscription

On handle, engraved I * P / to / H * P" in shaded roman letters facing bowl.

Markings

Under handle, within a rectangle, marked "Henchman" in upper and lower case.

Provenance

Unverifiable history of ownership in the family of John Quincy Adams, by descent to a member of the Beckwith family, who sold it to the donor.

Credit Line

Bequest of Sydney DeYoung