Sugar box

about 1680–85

John Coney, American, 1655 or 1656–1722


Overall (h x w x d): 12.2 x 15.2 x 19.8 cm (4 13/16 x 6 x 7 3/4 in.); Weight: 29 oz., 10 dwt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)




Silver hollowware

Oval with four scroll feet. Body repousee & granulated; cover more elaborate with acanthus & wreath, knotted serpent forms handle. Pierced sheild-shaped hasp.


Inscribed on base in script: "The gift of Grandmother Norton to Anna Quincy born 1719" Later "Joanna Quincy (Thaxter) Loring. Sophia (Loring) Whittemore. Anna Quincy (Thaxter) Cushing. Mary (Cushing) Churchill. 1900"


First owner conjectured as John Norton; his widow, Mary (Mason) Norton, to Anna Quincy (1719-1799), daughter of John Quincy (Harvard 1708) and Elizabeth (Norton). By descent to Mrs. Joseph Churchill (1); February 13, 1911, lent by Mrs. Churchill to MFA; 1913, gift of Mrs. Churchill to MFA. (Accession date: April 3, 1913) 1: Anna married John Thaxter 1744; their daughter Joanna Quincy (1757-1856), m. Thomas Loring; their daughter Sophia, m. Nathaniel Whittemore; the eldest daughter of her cousin Susan Joy Thaxter, Anna Quincy Thaxter, m. Benjamin Cushing; their daughter Mary, m. Joseph Richmond Churchill.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Richmond Churchill