Raised bulbous or bellied cann or mug engraved "RUTH BRADLEE" on front in shaded block letters. Molded rim, rounded bottom, and cast stepped circular foot. Hollow, double C-scroll handle has a sprigged upper terminal with flared strut and a split scroll lower terminal with cylindrical strut and oval attachment. Bottom underside struck above and below centerpoint "PERKINS" in incuse serif letters with possible traces of a surround.
Maker is Jacob Perkins (1766-1829); worked in Newburyport, 1783-1816, in Boston briefly, and in Philadelphia, from 1816.
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Physical Description
silver (overall material)
mug: 13.4 cm x 13.4 cm; 5 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in
mug: 9.8 cm; 3 7/8 in
overall: 5 1/2 in x 4 5/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 11.7475 cm x 8.89 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Newburyport
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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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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