Caster (one of a pair)

about 1710
John Coney (American, 1655 or 1656–1722)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 55


Overall (h x dia of foot): 12.5 x 4 cm (4 15/16 x 1 9/16 in.); Weight: 4 oz., 81/2 dwt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)




Silver hollowware

Slightly curving sides on applied moulded baseband with applied strip below bezel. Domed cover with applied moulding at edge to which is applied moulded band on which are lugs for “bayonet” fastening. Turned ball finial on moulded disc on top. Sides of cover engraved, punched and pierced in simple design.


IC crowned coney below in shield on side and bottom


According to C. Louise Avery, this caster and its mate (42.235) formerly belonged to the Gibb family. 1928, lent by Philip Spalding; 1940, transfered to Mrs. Spalding; 1942, gift of Mrs. Spalding and children to MFA. (Accession date: April 9 and 16, 1942)

Credit Line

The Philip Leffingwell Spalding Collection—Given in his memory by Katharine Ames Spalding and Philip Spalding, Oakes Ames Spalding, and Hobart Ames Spalding