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Porringer

Maker:
Thomas Cory (British, active 1655–89)
Date:
1685–86
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Diameter: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.262
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 710
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: [1] Leopard's head crowned;
[2] Lion passant guardant;
[3] h (date letter for 1685–86);
[4] TC, conjoined, in monogram (maker's mark for Thomas Cory)

Location of marks:
[1]–[4] on inside bottom of bowl;
[2] 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)
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