Baptismal Bowl

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

ca. 1737

GUSN

GUSN-36661

Description

Pewter baptismal bowl; eight-sided; crenate rim.

Details

Descriptive Terms

bowls (vessels)
pewter (tin alloy)
tin (metal)
Container, Ritual
Bowl, Baptismal
Pewter
Bowl, Baptismal

Label

"Cherished Possessions": In the colonial period one way to ensure good standing in the community was to support the local church. This pewter basin, probably used for baptisms, was a legacy to the Third Church of Christ in Lynn, Massachusetts, from Theophilus Burrill, a respected citizen active in the militia, the General Court, and the Governor's Council. Upon his death in 1737, he left funds to not one, but three local churches.

Inscription

"The Gift of the Honourable THEOPHILUS, BURRILL, Esq., to the Third Church of Christ in Lynn" (Engraved)
hallmarks; maker's marks (stamped)

Maker

Newham, John (Maker)
Clark, Joseph, Jr., 1716-1783 (Engraver)

Dimensions

2 1/4 x 12 (HxW), 12 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Purchased from Mrs. Isaac Sprague Sr.

Accession Number

1934.635

Places

Lynn (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)

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