Oversized, raised bulbous or bellied cann or mug engraved "JNB" on front in conjoined foliate script. Applied molded rim, rounded bottom, and cast stepped circular foot. Hollow, double C-scroll handle has a scrolled acanthus leaf on top, an upper terminal with conical strut at rim and a lower termin with flared strut and oval attachment. Struck once to left of handle below rim on exterior "W•H" in raised serif letters in a rounded-corner rectangle. No centerpoint.
Maker is William Homes Jr. (1742-1823) of Boston, MA; Homes Jr. apprenticed with his father, William Homes Sr., and became proprietor of his shop on Ann St. in 1763. Homes Sr. was the nephew of Benjamin Franklin.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1785
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 16 cm; 6 5/16 in
overall: 10.9 cm; 4 5/16 in
overall: 6 1/8 in x 5 5/8 in x 3 3/4 in; 15.5575 cm x 14.2875 cm x 9.525 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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catalog number
accession 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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