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Bowl-shaped porringer with bulging sides, angled rim, and boss bottom with rounded gutter; cast handle is pierced in a keyhole pattern with 11 voids and engraved on front "S / I*E" in shaded serif letters facing in. Struck once on bottom inside and on back of handle "S•E" in raised serif letters with crown above and fleur-de-lis below, all in a shaped shield. Weight engraved on bottom underside "oz dw\t. gv / 8"2"12".
Maker is Samuel Edwards (1705-1762) of Boston, MA; working 1726-1762. Edwards was prolific silversmith from a family of prominent silversmiths, including his father, John Edwards (1671-1746); brother, Thomas Edwards (1701-1755; with whom he worked in partnership); and nephew, Joseph Edwards Jr. (1737-1783).
Teaspoon and porringer DL*381553-DL*381554 are both marked by Samuel Edwards and monogrammed "S / I*E" for Isaac Smith (1719-1787) and Elizabeth Storer (1726-1786), who married on October 6, 1746. Smith, a wealthy Boston merchant-shipowner, was Edwards' brother-in-law as well as his step-brother, while Elizabeth Storer (1726-1786) was Edwards' niece.
Currently not on view
date made
1745 - 1760
original owner
Smith, Isaac
Smith, Elizabeth Storer
Edwards, Samuel
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
place used
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 2 1/8 in x 8 3/8 in x 5 5/8 in; 5.3975 cm x 21.2725 cm x 14.2875 cm
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catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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