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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Samuel Minott, American, 1732–1803
Engraver: Thomas Johnston, American, ca. 1708-1767
Honorand: John Simpson, American, 1704–1764




13 1/2 × 7 1/4 × 9 1/2 in., 1630 g (34.29 × 18.42 × 24.13 cm)
Josephine Setze Fund for the John Marshall Phillips Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
Not on view
18th century
Containers - Metals

Old South Church, Boston, 1764-2016; by purchase to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., New Haven, Conn., 2016


Hamilton Andrews Hill, History of Old South Church, 1699 - 1884 (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1890), vol. 2, p. 76.

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), 88, no. 729.

E. Alfred Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches (Letchworth, England: National Society of Colonial Dames of America, 1913), 56, pl. XXIII.

Clara Louise Avery, Early American Silver (New York: The Century Co., 1930), 312.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 693.

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

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.