Salt (one of a pair)

about 1760
Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

3.8 x 7.3 cm (1 1/2 x 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1992.277

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The salt is a raised, flattened, shallow sphere with a circular opening that has an applied rim. The vessel is supported by three cast cabriole-style legs with triple pads at foot and knee.


Paul Revere produced some nine sets of salt spoons in sets of two and four as well as about five single salt spoons that probably had mates when first fashioned. Although Revere’s spoon production was always high, it is surprising that so few salts with his mark have survived; aside from this pair, only four single salts are known. This pair closely resembles a pair by Benjamin Burt (cat. no. 11).

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 letters have been effaced, remains of the letter "E" are visible.

Markings

"PR" in roman letters within a rectangle struck on bottom, above and below center point, incomplete.
Ada Mark * E8474

Provenance

Original owners unknown; inherited by the donor and made a gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Jane M. Pray in memory of her Grandparents James E. and Anna Haley Pray and her Parents Francis G. and Anna Aylward Pray