Sugar Bowl

Description
Two-handled, circular urn-shape sugar bowl with incurved neck and double-flared cover topped by an urn finial on a flared, circular pedestal with stepped, domed foot; engraved in script on one side of body "Mrs. Joanna L. Howard / From a Friend / Oct. 27\th 1858." Greek key band at shoulder and beading at neck, shoulder, top of pedestal and edge of foot. Sprigged and tapered S-curve handle have raised bands at ends. No marks.
Part of a six-piece coffee and tea service, 2013.0193.01-.06, given to Joanna Louise (Turpin) Howard (1825-1872) of Boston. The Howards were among several socially prominent free black families living in the city's affluent West End in the 1850s. Although the reasons for this splendid gift from a mystery “Friend” are unknown, Mrs. Howard and her husband, Edward Frederick Howard (1813-1893), were active in the antislavery movement and fought to end segregation of Massachusetts public schools in 1855. Their two daughters, Adeline (b. 1845) and Joan Imogene (b. 1850), became distinguished educators, while their son, Edwin Clarence (1846-1912), was the first African-American graduate of Harvard Medical School.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bowl, sugar
date made
1858
presentation date
1858-10-27
referenced
Howard, Joanna Louise Turpin
Physical Description
silverplate (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 in x 7 in; 25.4 cm x 17.78 cm
part: body: 7 in; 17.78 cm
part: lid: 3 3/4 in; 9.525 cm
place made
United States
place used
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
2013.0193.04
catalog number
2013.0193.04A
2013.0193.04B
accession number
2013.0193
subject
abolitionism
African American
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Abolitionist Tea Service
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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