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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1725
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
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
catalog number
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
Gift of Mrs. William Duncan McKim
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