Caudle cup

about 1680
Jeremiah Dummer (American, 1645–1718)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 10


Overall: 7.9 x 8.1 cm (3 1/8 x 3 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

17th-Century New England: Brown-Pearl Hall Gallery (Gallery LG35)




Silver hollowware

Bulbous body, slightly flaring rim, stepped flat base, no center point. Lower body embossed with running design of flowers and foliage; pounced scrolls in open areas and short lines of graduted punches form upper edge. The concave neck is less planished than Dummer’s plain caudle cups in the MFA. Cast handles, the upper halves tightly scrolled at the joining, have bird’s head shoulders swallowing lower sections, with midway scroll and upturned birds’ heads on lower tips (both bird necks looking more scaled than feathered). One handle almost broken from neck.


Engraved H/R.M on bottom. Faint trace that different initials might be beneath.


ID fleur-de-lis below in heart twice on bottom and once on side


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