Raised bulbous or bellied cann or mug engraved on top of handle "N / I*E" in shaded serif letters facing in and on front of body "Cap\t. John and Elizabeth North / 1750." in script. Applied molded rim, rounded bottom, and cast domed circular foot. Hollow, double C-scroll handle has a cyma-curved tab upper terminal and domed oval lower terminal with oval attachment and circular vent in underside. Struck once on bottom underside "S•E" in raised serif letters with crown above and fleur-de-lis below, all in a shaped shield. No centerpoint. One of two canns, DL*64.0815A-B.

Maker is Samuel Edwards (1705-1762) of Boston, MA; from a family of prominent silversmiths: father, John Edwards; brother Thomas Edwards (with whom he worked in partnership); and nephew, Joseph Edwards, Jr.

Date Made: ca 1750

Maker: Edwards, Samuel

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Francis P. Garvan

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.64.0815BCatalog Number: 64.0815BAccession Number: 251493

Object Name: cann

Physical Description: silver (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 1/2 in x 4 7/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 12.3825 cm x 8.255 cm


Record Id: nmah_300973

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