Handleless, raised cylindrical cup with plain, slightly flared rim and an applied molded foot ring, engraved on exterior "M.R." in conjoined foliate script beneath a crest of a leafy tree rising from a heraldic wreath. Underside of flat bottom is struck twice "I.W.FORBES" in raised serif letters in a rectangle, and once with a five-pointed star in circle and anchor in rectangle, all arranged around the centerpoint.
Maker is John Wolfe Forbes (1781-1864) of New York, NY; he appears in city directories as a silversmith working alone and in partnerships from 1802 through the 1830s.
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Physical Description
silver (overall material)
beaker: 3 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 8.89 cm x 7.874 cm
overall: 3 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 8.89 cm x 8.255 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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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
Bequest of Arthur Michael
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