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Pewter baptismal bowl; eight-sided; crenate rim.
pewter (tin alloy)
"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.
"The Gift of the Honourable THEOPHILUS, BURRILL, Esq., to the Third Church of Christ in Lynn" (Engraved)
hallmarks; maker's marks (stamped)
Title Syrup Pitcher Accession Number 1934.608
Newham, John (Maker)
Clark, Joseph, Jr., 1716-1783 (Engraver)
2 1/4 x 12 (HxW), 12 (diameter) (inches)
Purchased from Mrs. Isaac Sprague Sr.
Lynn (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)