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Maker: John Coney, American, 1655–1722




2 1/4 × 15 5/8 in. (5.7 × 39.7 cm), 40 oz., 18 dwt. (1272 g)
Josephine Setze Fund for the John Marshall Phillips Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
On view
17th century
Containers - Metals

William Clark (d. 1710) and Mary (Whittingham) Clark (1665–1729/30), Boston, ca. 1700–1710; by inheritance to Mary (Whittingham) Clark (later Mary Saltonstall), Boston and New London, Conn., 1710–29/30; by bequest to Old South Church, Boston, 1729/30–2016; by purchase to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., New Haven, Conn., 2016


Hamilton Andrews Hill and George Frederick Bigelow, An Historical Catalogue of the Old South Church, Boston (Boston: David Clapp & Son, 1883), 322 - 23.

Hamilton Andrews Hill, History of Old South Church, 1699 - 1884 (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1890), vol. 1, pp. 357 - 58.

George Munson Curtis and Florence Virginia Berger, American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1911), 29, no. 245.

E. Alfred Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches (Letchworth, England: National Society of Colonial Dames of America, 1913), lxix, 58, pl. XXIII.

Francis H. Bigelow, Historic Silver of the Colonies and Its Makers (New York: MacMillan Company, 1917), 224.

E. Alfred Jones, “The Engraving of Arms on Old English Plate - I,” Burlington Magazine CCXIX, no. XXXVI (June 1921): 268.

Clara Louise Avery, Early American Silver (New York: The Century Co., 1930), 268.

Exhibition of Silversmithing by John Coney, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1932), no. 10.

Hermann F. Clarke, John Coney, Silversmith, 1655 - 1722 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1932), 50–51, pl. IV, no. 1.

Kathryn C. Buhler, “The Nine Colonial Sugar Boxes,” Antiques 85 (January 1964): 91.

Jane Bentley Kolter, ed., Early American Silver and Its Makers (New York: Mayflower Books, 1979), 91.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 321.

“Acquisitions July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2016.pdf (accessed December 1, 2016).

Caryne Eskridge, “Gleaming Luxury and Flickering Light: Mary Saltonstall’s Silver Basin,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2017): 62, 64, fig. 1–3.

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.