Mug

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1725-1735

GUSN

GUSN-26396

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

Descriptive Terms

mugs
engraving (printing process)
hammering
impressing
silver (metal)
soldering
Mug

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.

Inscription

Impressed and engraved on side: Impressed: ""IE"" Engraved: ""F/II""

Maker

Burt, John, 1692-1745-46 (Silversmith)

Dimensions

2 1/8 x 3 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Eleanor Fayerweather

Accession Number

1993.650

Reference Notes

Fennimore, Donald L., Author. The Knopf Collectors' Guides: Silver & Pewter. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.

Places

Massachusetts (United States)