Porringer

Description
Bowl-shaped porringer with bulging sides, angled rim, and boss bottom with flat gutter; cast handle is pierced in a geometric pattern with 16 voids and engraved on front "B / D+E" in shaded serif letters facing in. Front of bowl is engraved with a crest on wreath depicting a right (dexter) arm cuffed holding a dagger or sword erect proper with a laurel wreath suspended from its tip; the gothic or Old English letters "H M\c K" are below. Struck once on bottom inside and below rim exterior to left of handle "W•P" in raised serif letters over a fleur-de-lis in a heart surround. Tiny centerpoint on bottom inside.
Maker is William Pollard (1690-1740); born and worked in Boston, MA, until moving to Charleston, SC, sometime before 1738.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
porringer
date made
ca 1725
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
Measurements
porringer: 18 1/2 in x 5 3/8 in; 46.99 cm x 13.716 cm
porringer: 8 in; x 20.32 cm
overall: 1 3/4 in x 8 in x 5 1/4 in; 4.445 cm x 20.32 cm x 13.335 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
DL*382526
catalog number
382526
accession number
161740
subject
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. William Duncan McKim
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