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1993.650 (RS1999)

Description

Small silver beaker-shaped mug with C-shaped handle and reinforced foot ring. Foot ring and handle have ribbed decoration. Base of handle curls upward. Engraved beaver with fish in mouth appears opposite handle. Impressed maker's mark appears between engraving and handle. Mark is shield-shaped with crown over initials "IE" with cross below. Owner's initials engraved in base: "F/II".

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": From the seventeenth century through most of the eighteenth, Boston, Massachusetts, was the center of silver making in America. John Burt was one of the city's most prosperous silversmiths in the first half of the eighteenth century, a slave owner, and an extensive real estate speculator, who trained three sons as silversmiths. Burt made silver items for numerous churches from Charlestown, Massachusetts, to Exeter, New Hampshire, as well as for Harvard University and many individual clients. He made this mug for John and Jerusha Fayerweather around 1730.<br/>
Maker
Burt, John, 1692-1745-46 (Silversmith)
Date
1725-1735
Inscriptions
Impressed and engraved on side: Impressed: ""IE"" Engraved: ""F/II""
Material
engraving (printing process)
hammering
impressing
silver (metal)
soldering
Object type
Food Service T&E
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
engraving (printing process)
hammering
impressing
Mug
mugs
silver (metal)
soldering
Dimensions
2 1/8 x 3 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1993.650
Credit Line
Bequest of Eleanor Fayerweather
GUSN
26396
Reference Notes
Fennimore, Donald L., Author. The Knopf Collectors' Guides: Silver & Pewter. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.

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