With hard currency in short supply, American colonists invested large sums in silver plate. However, since British trade laws stipulated that colonists could only buy silver in a finished form, colonial silversmiths often had to melt down imported silver objects to gain access to the metal.
Inscription: Pricked at center of ajouré handle: M M
Marking:  Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);  Lion passant guardant (English quality mark for sterling);  h (date letter for 1685–86);  TC, conjoined, in monogram (maker's mark for Thomas Cory).
Location of marks: – on inside bottom of bowl;  on underside of handle
Private Collection (until 1966; sale, Sotheby's, London, March 17, 1966, no. 99) ; [ Frank Partridge and Sons, Ltd. , in 1966; sold on March 23, 1966 to Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer , New York (1966–68; 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