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Bowl-shaped porringer with bulging sides, a wider, slightly angled rim, and flat bottom; cast handle is pierced in a keyhole pattern with 11 voids and engraved on front "EMD" in conjoined foliate script letters facing out. Struck twice on bottom underside "J*M" in raised script in a rectangle, above and below the centerpoint, and once on back of handle "MOULTON" in incuse serif letters. No weight engraved.
Maker is probably Joseph Moulton III (1744-1816) of Newburyport, MA, but the "MOULTON" stamp has also been associated with pieces made by his son, Ebenezer Noyes Moulton (1768-1824), working in Boston, MA, circa 1789-1820, and Newburyport, circa 1820-1824; without a first initial on the stamp, uncertainty exists as to which one or if both used it. Father and son are part of large family of Newburyport silversmiths than spanned several generations, including Joseph III's father William Moulton III (1720-c. 1793) and uncle Joseph Moulton II (1724-1795), as well as Joseph III's four sons, Ebenezer, William IV (1772-1861), Enoch (1780-1820), and Abel (1784-1840), as one grandson, Joseph IV (1814-1903).
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1800
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Newburyport
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 1 3/4 in x 7 3/4 in x 5 1/4 in; 4.445 cm x 19.685 cm x 13.335 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Estate of Arthur Michael
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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