Caudle cup

about 1680
Jeremiah Dummer (American, 1645–1718)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 11

Dimensions

Overall: 8.1 x 9.8 cm (3 3/16 x 3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

42.227

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Brown-Pearl Hall (Gallery LG35)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

Flaring lip. bulbous sides, flat depressed bottom with narrow (added) moulded baseband. Slight repairs inside. Cast scroll handles with slight ornament.


This cup was made for caudle, a drink of warm ale or wine mixed with bread, eggs, and thin gruel; sweetened with sugar; and flavored with spices. Caudle often was prepared for the sick and women in childbirth.

Inscription

Engraved G/ BS on bottom

Markings

ID fleur-de-lis below in heart on bottom and side
Ada Mark * A14641

Provenance

1917, lent by Philip spalding; 1924, returned; 1928, relent; 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