Cann (one of a pair)

1760–80, with later engraving and spurious mark
Formerly attributed to Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Each: H. 5 5/8 in; diameter at lip: 3 1/2 in.; Diameter of foot: 3 3/8 in.; w. 6 in.; troy weight:: 14 oz 4 dwt 7 gr (442.1 gm) and 13 oz 17 dwt (430.8 gm).

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver hollowware

Raised, gourd-shaped canns each have an applied rim and and splayed foot with foot rim. Cast, seamed, double-scrolled handle has leafy purchase.


In script and in roman letters, engraved "Presented to / GENERAL NATHANIEL GREENE / By the Officers of his Command / as a token of their esteem / for his qualities both as an / officer and gentleman"


Marked "[pellet] REVERE" within a rectangle; one double-struck.


Said to have been presented to Reviolutionary war General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) and so engraved, although the engraving was probably added later; advertised for sale by the New York City dealer C.W. Lyon in December 1940; in the collection of a Mrs. Breyer of Philadelphia in the twentieth century; acquired about 1964 by Jesse M. Bontecou, Millbrook, New York; acquired from the Bontecou collection at an auction in Pleasant Valley, New York (near Millbrook), by the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Brian and Arlene Palmiter