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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jeremiah Dummer, American (Newbury, MA 1645 - 1718 Boston, MA)
The Francis Skerry Beaker
Work Type
c. 1670
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Persistent Link
Level 2, Room 2340, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, The Silver Cabinet: Art and Ritual, 1600–1850
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Physical Descriptions
11.4 × 18.4 × 8.5 cm, 0.6 lb. (4 1/2 × 7 1/4 × 3 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: on side, engraved: The gift of / Francis Skerry / to the Church / in Salem
  • maker's mark: on side, punched: I D / [fleur-de-lys] [in heart shaped punch]
  • maker's mark: bottom, punched: I D / [fleur-de-lys] [in heart shaped punch]
  • inscription: bottom, red ink: 228.30
Francis Skerry (c. 1606-1684), gift; to First Church, Salem, sold [through Christie's, New York, January 18, 2007, lot 60]; to Daniel Pollack, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2016
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Daniel A. Pollack and Susan F. Pollack, Harvard Classes of 1960 and 1964
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Cylindrical shaped beaker with “snakeskin matting” or stipple surface on the exterior. 18th-Century mold-strap handles added later.
Publication History

Florence Paull Berger and George Munson Curtis, American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries with a Few Pieces of Domestic Plate, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, 1911), p. 40, cat. no. 358, repr. as part of plate 10

E. Alfred Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches, National Society of Colonial Dames of America (Letchworth, England, 1913), p. 419, repr. as pl. CXX-VII

Martha Gandy Fales, Early American Silver for the Cautious Collector, Funk and Wagnalls (New York, NY, 1970), p. 274-275, repr. p. 275 as fig. 221

Hermann Frederick Clarke and Henry Wilder Foote, Jeremiah Drummer: Colonial Craftsman and Merchant, 1645-1718, Da Capo Press (New York, 1970), pp. 61, 133

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers: A Biographical Dictionary based on the Notes of Francis Hill Bigelow & John Marshall Phillips, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, 1998), p. 595

Early American Silver 1670-1820, Including the Darling Foundation Collection and Silver from the First Church in Salem, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (New York, January 18, 2007), pp.64-65, lot 60, repr. pp. 64-65

Laura Turner Igoe, "A Prize of Silver", Index Magazine, Harvard Art Museums ([e-journal], June 22, 2017),, repr.

Exhibition History

American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries with a Few Pieces of Domestic Plate, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 07/01/1911 - 12/01/1911

32Q: 2340 Cabinet Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 09/24/2019; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/25/2019 - 12/31/2024

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