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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
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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


Recorded Ownership History
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
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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.
  • "Harvard Art Museums Receive Important Gift of American Silver", Artfixdaily Artwire ([e-journal], March 22, 2022),, accessed March 24, 2022

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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