Child's bowl (part of child's breakfast set)

about 1913
Designed by Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Made by David Carlson (American, active 1909–1919)

Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 6.5 x 14.4 cm (2 9/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver hollowware

The raised bowl with volutes has a center point on its bottom. It is ornamented with ribbing or panels that divide the sides and that have palmette decorations, which form the seam of these sections. It has a molded foot and rim.

This child’s service records a personal gift exchanged to and from prominent Bostonians at the turn of the twentieth century. It also documents a preference for marking important occasions with silverware. The set was presented in 1913 to Peggy Stuart Coolidge to celebrate her baptism. It is made of heavy-gauge metal and, despite use, has survived in good condition.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.




“Stone [with profile of incuse chasing hammer stamped across St] / STERLING / C” struck on bottom.


Baptismal gift received by composer Peggy Stuart (1913-1981) in 1913; by descent to her husband, Joseph Randolph Coolidge IV, the donor in 1989.

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph Randolph Coolidge IV