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Cream jug

Samuel Meriton (British, active from 1739)
British, London
Height: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alphonso T. Clearwater, 1933
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 722
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: [1] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[2] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[3] t (London date letter for 1754–55);
[4] 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)
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