This elegant cream pot has repoussé decoration of flowers and rocaille motifs. It represents the type of high-style silver imported by wealthy Americans and copied by native silversmiths.
Inscription: Engraved on one of feet: A C
Marking:  Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);  Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);  t (London date letter for 1754–55);  S M, pellet between, in rectangle (maker's mark for Samuel Meriton).
Location of marks: On base
Alphonso T. Clearwater , Kingston, New York (until 1933; to MMA)
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540