Wine Cup

Maker: Samuel Edwards (1705–1762)

Date: ca. 1740

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: Overall: H. 8 1/16 in. (20.5 cm); 11 oz. 15 dwt. (364.8 g)
Lip: Diam. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Foot: Diam. 4 in. (10.2 cm)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Bequest of Alphonso T. Clearwater, 1933

Accession Number: 33.120.230a


This stately communion cup—one of a pair—was made by Samuel Edwards for the West Church on Lynde Street in Boston. In style, it represents a natural evolution from the mid-seventeenth-century model (L.2008.22). Boston's West Church, which was founded in 1737, also owned a similar wine cup made by Samuel's father, the silversmith John Edwards (ca. 1671–1746). Especially noteworthy is the beautifully engraved cartouche that surrounds the presentation inscription.