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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Jacob Hurd, American, 1702–1758


ca. 1740–50


1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm)
other: 12 9/16 in. (31.9 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
On view
18th century
Containers - Metals

Maj. William Clarke (b. 1728), Boston, MA; his granddaughter, Hepzibah Clarke Swan; her daughter, Mrs. John Turner Swan Sargent; her daughter, Mrs. Whitney; her daughter, Mrs. Harold A. Pitman, Boston, MA; Mrs. F. S. Whitwell, Boston, MA; gift in 1940 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


John Marshall Phillips, Masterpieces of New England Silver, 1650–1800: An Exhibition Held June 18 through September 10, 1939, Gallery of Fine Arts, Yale University (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1939), 61, no. 134.

From Colony to Nation; an Exhibition of American Painting, Silver and Architecture from 1650 to the War of 1812, exh. cat. (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1949), 96–97, no. 183, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, “Masterpieces in American Silver in Public Collections: Part II, 1700–1750,” Antiques 55, no. 2 (February 1949): 120, ill.

American Silver and Art Treasures: An Exhibition, exh. cat. (London: The English Speaking Union, 1960), 24, no. 48.

Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), vol. 1, pp. 130–31, no. 151, ill.

Martha Gandy Fales, Early American Silver for the Cautious Collector (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1970), 18–19, fig. 17.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 120, 122–23, fig. 122.

Hollis French, Jacob Hurd and His Sons, Nathaniel and Benjamin, Silversmiths, 1702–1781 (New York: Da Capo Press, 1972), 50, no. 296, pl. 11, ill.

Charles F. Montgomery and Patricia E. Kane, eds., American Art: 1750–1800 Towards Independence, exh. cat. (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 188, fig. 141.

Barbara M. Ward and Gerald W. R. Ward, eds., Silver in American Life: Selections from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1979), 41, 152–53, no. 160, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 104, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 600.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.