Spout cup

about 1816
Farnam and Ward (American, active about 1816), Rufus Farnam (born in 1771), Richard Ward (American, active about 1809–1820)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


8.5 x 10.2 x 10 cm (3 3/8 x 4 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver hollowware

This small raised cup has a center point on the bottom and is globular in form. It has a hinged cover with a knob finial; a flat curved spout; and a strap handle set at a right angle to the spout. It is supported by an applied foot ring.

This bulbous little spout cup provides an interesting nineteenth-century counterpart to the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century examples in the Museum’s collection. It was made during the apparently short-lived partnership of Farnam and Ward, who are listed in the Boston Directory for 1816 only, providing a narrow date range for this object. Each man was involved in other partnerships during the early nineteenth century.

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.


"P Hopper" in script engraved opposite handle


"Farnam & Ward" in a rectangle struck on bottom

Ada Mark * F4777


Early history unknown.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Emma L. Coleman in the name of Mrs. Polly Hollingsworth