Snuffers

English (London)
1700–01
Marked by John Laughton, Jr. (first mark probably 1697, died in 1703)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

W. 3 cm x L. 13.5 cm (1 3/16 x 5 5/16 in.); Weight: 82.2 gm (2 oz 13dwt)

Accession Number

15.916

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The scissor-style snuffers have small oval rings for handles. The cast arms are riveted at the point of crossing. One arm has a curved shallow pan with a deep rim attached to one blade and a shaped, pointed tip. The opposite arm is fitted with a flat blade that matches the pan opposite. The snuffers are assmebled from cast and fabricated parts. The steel cutting edge has been lost.

Inscription

Engraved on handle side of dish, F / I * S.

Markings

On flat sheet of snuffer, date letter e; lion's head erased (repeated on dish of snuffer and below handle rings); Britannia; maker's mark LA (Grimwade 1898); (repeated on dish of snuffer).

Provenance

According to tradition, John Foye of Boston, who married Sarah (1672-1721), daughter of Simon Lynde Foye (1706-1778) who married in 1729 Sarah Boucher (b. 1706), daughter of Louis Boucher of Boston, to their daughter, Elizabeth (b. 1735) who married David Munroe of Lexington, Massachusetts, to their daughter, Abigail (b. 1771) who married Willard Brigham of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to their daughter, Abigail (b. 1807) who married in 1836 Joseph Hill of West Cambridge, to their daughter, Harriet A. Hill, Gift of Miss Harriet A. Hill to the MFA in Memory of her mother Abigail Brigham Hill. (Accession Date: July 15, 1915)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Harriet A. Hill in memory of her mother, Abigail Brigham Hill