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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Benjamin Burt, 1729–1805

Pair of Canns



5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm) other (Lip): 3 1/4 in.(8.3 cm) base (Base): 3 5/8 in.(9.2 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
Not on view
18th century
Containers - Metals

Miss Mary Dow, Portsmouth, N.H.; Miss T. V. Carey, Boston, Mass.; Francis P. Garvan, New York (1916); gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Tradition of American Silver, exh. cat. (Milwaukee, Wis.: Milwaukee Art Institute, 1953), no. 18.

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. 168–69, no. 218, ill.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 146–47, fig. 153.

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), 159, no. 167, ill.

Harold Newman, An Illustrated Dictionary of Silverware (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1987), 206, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 231.

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