Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
8.5 x 10.2 x 10 cm (3 3/8 x 4 x 3 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
"P Hopper" in script engraved opposite handle
"Farnam & Ward" in a rectangle struck on bottom
Ada Mark * F4777
Early history unknown.
Gift of Miss Emma L. Coleman in the name of Mrs. Polly Hollingsworth