Sugar urn with lid

about 1785
Unidentified artist


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 442

Dimensions

Other (Overall): 10.8 x 8.3 cm (4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.) Overall: 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.) Troy weight: 13 troy ounces, 4 dwt

Accession Number

61.1163a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

A quite heavy and well-made sugar bowl, oviform with center point in bottom which is set wthin high splayed foot with applied square base and vertical edge, its solder partly in patches. Rather wide band with coarse beads around rim. Spool-form cover with molded dome top; band of beading at joining, pineapple finial on (bent) top. Very thin solder inside bezel.

Inscription

Engraved with crudely cut Sargent arms (a chevron and three dolphins) in ellipse on front; floral garlands with narrow ribbon bows, wreath at back enclosing script "FWAS"' in line; edge of cover bright cut, shallow scallops below beading, trefoil forms at corner of base.

Markings

Apparently unmarked.

Provenance

Sargent family; Fitz William (1768-1822) and Anna (Parsons) Sargent, whose initials are engraved on it; descended in the family to Dr. Maurice Worcester Turner, Brookline, Mass.; he left it to his wife, Abby Rebecca Lamb (Corliss) Turner; by descent to their daughter, the donor, Beatrice Constance (Turner) Maynard, Brentwood, New Hampshire (Accession Date November 8, 1961).
Dr. Turner's will (undated copy in object file) gives the following family history: ""The porringer [61.1161] and teapot [61.1160] were both made by Paul Revere; the cream pitcher [61.1162] and sugar bowl [61.1163] were both from the silver service taken on the first prize in the Revolution, the "Stark Prize," by a privateer owned by my great, great grandfather Captain Winthrop Sargent and his partner David Pearce of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Details of this are contained in the volume entitled "Epes Sargent and his Descendants." The origins of these silver pieces was confirmed to me by my grandmother Sarah Sargent Worcester, the daughter of Fitz William and Anna Parsons Sargent and granddaughter of Captain Winthrop Sargent. Fitz William Sargent had the sugar bowl marked with his and his wife's initials "F.W.A.S." and the Sargent Coat of arms, a chevron and three dolphins, which explains why the arms and monogram appear on it. I request that the Museum have these pieces inscribed as follows, when exhibited: "From the first prize taken in the Revolution.Given by Dr. Maurice Worcester Turner of Brookline, Massachusetts in memory of his great, great grandfather Captain Winthrop Sargent of Gloucester, Massachusetts, who with David Pearce, owned the privateer that took the Stark Prize."

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Beatrice Constance (Turner) Maynard in memory of Winthrop Sargent