Raised bulbous or bellied cann or mug engraved "SECOND / PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH / NEWBURYPORT" on front in shaded serif letters beneath drapery swags. Molded rim, rounded bottom, and cast flared circular foot. Hollow, S-curve handle has a sprigged upper terminal and a split scroll lower terminal with oval attachment. Struck once on rim exterior to left of handle "J•BALL" in raised serif letters in a rectangle, and on bottom underside "JOHN / BALL" in italic serif letters above centerpoint.
Maker is John Ball of Concord, MA; working, circa 1763-1767.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1765
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 13.1 cm x 13.7 cm x 8.7 cm; 5 3/16 in x 5 3/8 in x 3 7/16 in
overall: 5 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in; 13.335 cm x 12.065 cm x 8.5725 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Concord
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catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Arthur Michael
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