Spout cup

about 1816
Farnam and Ward (American, active about 1816), Rufus Farnam (born in 1771), Richard Ward (American, active about 1809–1820)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

8.5 x 10.2 x 10 cm (3 3/8 x 4 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1079

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

This small raised cup has a center point on the bottom and is globular in form. It has a hinged cover with a knob finial; a flat curved spout; and a strap handle set at a right angle to the spout. It is supported by an applied foot ring.


This bulbous little spout cup provides an interesting nineteenth-century counterpart to the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century examples in the Museum’s collection. It was made during the apparently short-lived partnership of Farnam and Ward, who are listed in the Boston Directory for 1816 only, providing a narrow date range for this object. Each man was involved in other partnerships during the early nineteenth century.

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

"P Hopper" in script engraved opposite handle

Markings

"Farnam & Ward" in a rectangle struck on bottom

Ada Mark * F4777

Provenance

Early history unknown.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Emma L. Coleman in the name of Mrs. Polly Hollingsworth