Communion Dish

Large circular dish having a slightly domed well and plain-edged rim engraved on front with the inscription "The Gift of the Hon:\ble THOMAS HANCOCK ESQ:\R to the CHURCH in Brattle Street Boston 1764." in script and shaded roman letters. Asymmetrical cartouche at top center of rim contains an armorial device for Hancock, consisting of a griffin rampant crest, its wings displayed and fire issuing from its mouth, above a coat of arms Gules (vertical lines), dexter hand couped argent, and on chief argent, three fighting cocks gules; bottom center has a four-winged cherub flanked by flowing fronds. Reverse of well struck once under centerpoint "J.COBURN" in roman letters in a rectangle; partially legible incised marks "N\o (??) w\t 25-\oz".
Object Name
date made
ca 1764
presentation date
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 1 1/8 in x 13 1/8 in; 2.8575 cm x 33.3375 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
place used
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Arthur Michael
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