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Beaker

Maker:
Moody Russell (1694–1761)
Date:
ca. 1719
Geography:
Made in Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: H. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm); 5 oz. 13 dwt. (175.3 g) Lip: Diam. 3 9/16 in. (9 cm) Base: Diam. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1928
Accession Number:
28.131.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
The sum of eight pounds bequeathed by Shearjashub Bourn[e] to the church in Sandwich, Massachusetts, likely was used to purchase these two beakers. Bourne was a prominent and affluent citizen whose wealth derived from a lucrative trade he carried on with Native Americans. At his death, Bourne's estate was appraised at £943.1s.4d. Although a domestic form, beakers often were used as communion cups. These beakers appear to have served as models for four other beakers made for the church in the nineteenth century by Lewis Cary.
Inscription: engraved on body: The gift of Shearjashub Bourn Esq[superscript "r" over :] / to the Church [caret with superscript "att" above] Sandwich 1719

Marking: marked on body at lip: MR (in rectangle)
First Parish Church, Sandwich, Massachusetts; George Coe Graves, Osterville, Massachusetts, by 1928
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