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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2020.187
People
Thomas Coverly, American (Boston 1708 - 1778 Boston)
Title
Cann
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 1764
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/369961
Location
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
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.)
425 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • maker's mark: under base, stamped: T [pellet] COVERLY [in rectangle punch] [mark of Thomas Coverly]
  • inscription: engraved, side opposite handle: The Gift / of M.r James Pittee / to the first Church of / Christ in Weymouth / A.D. 1764
Provenance
James Pittee (1692-1764), Weymouth, gift; to The First Church of Christ, Weymouth, 1764 until at least 1913. [Firestone and Parson, Boston]. Unidentified collector, sold [through Sotheby's, New York, January 18, 2003, lot 837]. Susan and Daniel Pollack, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2020
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Pollack Collection, gift of Daniel A. Pollack AB ’60 and Susan F. Pollack AB ’64
Accession Year
2020
Object Number
2020.187
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Pear-shaped with scroll handle and circular foot
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. 31, cat. no. 279

E. Alfred Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches, National Society of Colonial Dames of America (Letchworth, England, 1913), p. 493

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. 342

Jeanne Sloane, Early American Silver in the collection of Daniel A. Pollack, Privately Published (Boston [?], 2019), cat. no. 16, 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, 03/14/2022 - 01/01/2050

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