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The round, slightly domed copper cover is engraved with scrolling vines, cone devices and flowerheads and is pierced with holes. The center, rim and hinge flange are engraved with inscriptions. The deep flat bottomed conforming pan is engraved with inscriptions on its sides as well. It has an elaborately turned handle with traces of red paint.
punching (surface marking technique)
turning (shaping process)
wood (plant material)
In Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: Warming pans were common household items in the days before weather-tight houses and central heating. This example was the gift of the grateful citizenry of Danvers, Massachusetts, to one of its own, a local tavern owner named Francis Symonds. Engraved on its lid are the words: From the Townspeople / Patriot and Friend of Gen. Washington / Bell Tavern, Danvers, Massachusetts / Francis Symonds Esq. Innkeeper and Poet. Symond's Bell Tavern was a meeting place for Danvers patriots. Sited at a crossroads, the tavern was a place where all levels of the community's hierarchy could meet, argue, and organize.
Engraved on the lid and pan; on the pan lid reads: "Patriot and Friend/of/Gen. Washington." On the pan brim: "Bell Tavern Danvers, Mass./ Francis Symonds Esq. Innkeeper and Poet ." On the pan's sides in a bell shape reserve: "I'll toll you /if you have need/and feed you well/and bid you speed ." On the other side: "Francis Symonds/makes and sells/the best of chocholate/also shells."
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
46 (H), 11 1/4 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)