Sugar Bowl

Raised, double-bellied or inverted pear-shaped, covered sugar bowl engraved "MB" in conjoined, shaded foliate script on a domed circular foot. Applied pierced gallery and beading at rim; repousse beads around circular foot and edge of the stepped, double-domed cover topped by a pineapple finial. Underside of rounded bottom has a small incuse hexagon next to centerpunch, around which "J•M" in raised script in rounded surround is struck three times; "15-15" and "15-1" faintly incised between stamps. Part of an assembled service (coffeepot, sugar bowl and waste bowl), DL*239176, DL*239178, and DL*239179.
Mark unindentified; needs further research. Slip of paper stored inside bowl notes attribution to Joseph Moulton II (1724-1795) of Newburyport, MA, but his stamp is rectangular (not rounded) with a four-pointed star (rather than a pellet) between the initials. In addition, neither Moulton nor the Beale family has an obvious Newburyport-Philadelphia connection.
Currently not on view
Object Name
bowl, sugar
date made
ca 1785
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 19.4 cm x 12.3 cm; 7 5/8 in x 4 13/16 in
overall: 7 5/8 in x 4 7/8 in; 19.3675 cm x 12.3825 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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
Gift of Ellen M. Davis
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