Raised bulbous or bellied cann or mug engraved on top of handle "N / I*E" in shaded serif letters facing in and on front of body "Cap\t. John and Elizabeth North / 1750." in script. Applied molded rim, rounded bottom, and cast domed circular foot. Hollow, double C-scroll handle has a cyma-curved tab upper terminal and domed oval lower terminal with oval attachment and circular vent in underside. Struck once on bottom underside "S•E" in raised serif letters with crown above and fleur-de-lis below, all in a shaped shield. No centerpoint. One of two canns, DL*64.0815A-B.
Maker is Samuel Edwards (1705-1762) of Boston, MA; from a family of prominent silversmiths: father, John Edwards; brother Thomas Edwards (with whom he worked in partnership); and nephew, Joseph Edwards, Jr.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1750
Date made
Edwards, Samuel
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 13.7 cm x 13.4 cm x 8.4 cm; 5 3/8 in x 5 1/4 in x 3 5/16 in
overall: 5 3/8 in x 5 in x 3 1/4 in; 13.6525 cm x 12.7 cm x 8.255 cm
place made
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
Gift of Mrs. Francis P. Garvan
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