Porringer

1710–15


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

5 x 20 x 13.7 cm (1 15/16 x 7 7/8 x 5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1997.305

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The raised porringer has convex sides and a center point in its large domed base. The cast geometric-style handle is soldered at right angles to the everted rim. A repair is visible at the rim, to right of handle.


This previously unpublished porringer is one of at least twenty-four known examples that Coney fashioned between 1695 and 1715. Its geometric-style handle, which the silversmith favored, is similar to another he fashioned in 1710, which is in the Museum’s collection (31.219).
The porringer is one of a group of early Massachusetts silver owned by the Norton and Mason families of Hingham. In addition, Coney made a sugar box and tankard, the latter bearing the Norton arms, for Elizabeth Norton’s parents, the Rev. John and Mary (Mason) Norton. John Edwards produced a tankard for the family, and William Cowell Sr. fashioned a pepper box. Elizabeth’s maternal grandparents, Arthur and Joanna (Parker) Mason, owned a porringer with a trefoil handle, made by John Hull and Robert Sanderson. That porringer descended in a family line closely related to the donors of this example.

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

Engraved "E N" in shaded roman letters on handle, facing away from bowl.

Markings

Marked "IC" over a coney within a heart-shaped device, to left of handle at rim.

Provenance

Made for Elizabeth Norton (1695 – 1769) of Hingham, daughter of the Rev. John Norton (about 1651 – 1716) and Mary Mason (1661 – 1740), m. 1678, possibly on the occasion of her marriage in 1715 to John Quincy (1689 – 1767) of Braintree. To their daughter Lucy Quincy (1729 – 1785) and Cotton Tufts (1732 – 1815) of North Weymouth, Massachusetts, m. 1755. To their son Cotton Tufts II (1757 – 1833) and Mercy Brooks (1763 – 1849), m. 1788; at this point the porringer probably crossed to the Brooks family. Possibly to Margaret Austin Brooks (1817 – 1886), niece of Mercy Brooks Tufts, and her husband, William Brigham (1806 – 1869), m. 1840; to their daughter Mary Brooks Brigham (1851 – 1919) and McPherson LeMoyne (1835 – 1900), m. 1875; to their son Charles LeMoyne (1876 – 1952) and Clara Marcus; to his daughter Mary Brooks LeMoyne (1917 – 2000) and William K. Zinszer (1914 – 2000); to their children, the donors.

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara Zinszer Hyre and Paul Harvey Zinszer