Tea Caddy, Peter Van Dyck (1684–1750), Silver, American

Tea Caddy

Maker:
Peter Van Dyck (1684–1750)
Date:
1725–40
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); 9 oz. 4 dwt. (285.4 g)
Base: 3 3/8 x 2 15/16 in. (8.6 x 7.5 cm)
Body: H. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Sansbury-Mills Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
62.184a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704
Inscription: engraved on body within circular reserve in interlaced script: IMD
lightly scratched on underside: onz / 9 1/4 2p

Marking: marked twice on underside: PVD (in rounded rectangle) [one mark is double struck]
Cornelia Theodosia Strong (1869–1958), Elizabeth Davenport Strong (1874–1966), and Kate Wheeler Strong (1879–1977), Setauket, Long Island, New York, owned until 1962. It is possible the caddy belonged to John (1751/52–1830) and Mary (1754–1847) Davenport (Stamford, Connecticut), Strong ancestors who could have added the “IMD” engraved initials. John and Mary Davenport were the great-great-grandparents of the donors. No other Strong ancestors have been identified with the initials “IMD.”