English (London)
Marked by William Shaw II (free 1748), Marked by William Priest (free 1749, died between 1802–1811)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 27.2 cm (10 11/16 in.); x 25.4 cm (10 in.); Diam of foot: 12.3 cm (4 13/16 in.); Weight: 1, 267.3 gm (40 oz 15 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, wood

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)





The pear-shaped body rests on a spreading circular foot. The body is formed of sheet, seamed vertically, with an inset base. The curved spout, cast in two pieces, has fluted, foliate scrolls at its base and an acanthus leaf at its tip. The ear-shaped wooden handle is mounted from the top by a cast scrolled socket with a foliate base and at the base with a fluted scroll. The hinged, stepped, domed cover is raised and fitted with a wire rim and bezel. It is surmounted by a cast baluster finial.


ARMORIALS: engraved on one side, the arms of Faneuil ; engraved on other side, the crest of Faneuil.
INSCRIPTIONS: engraved on underside, "Peter Faneuil Born June 20 1700 HIS POT"


To right of handle, lion passant; maker's mark WS/WP (Grimwade 3335); date letter q; leopard's head crowned.


According to tradition, Benjamin Faneuil (1702-1785); after his death, by descent to his daughter Mary Cutler who married George Bethune; by descent through Bethune family. 1913, gift in the name of Mrs. Jane Bethune Craig Hawkins, wife of General John P. Hawkins, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Gift in the name of Jane Bethune Craig Hawkins, wife of General John P. Hawkins