Salt Maker: Paul Revere (American, 1735–1818)

ca. 1768–70

American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

This salt by the Boston silversmith Paul Revere is engraved with the phrase “The Illustrous [sic] NINETY-TWO.” The Illustrious Ninety-Two were the members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives who, in 1768, defied the orders of King George III by voting not to rescind the letter they had sent to the other colonies urging united action against the repressive measures of the British Parliament. The Illustrious Ninety-Two were associated with the Sons of Liberty, who were also commemorated by Revere in a silver punch bowl now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The punch bowl and this salt are two of the only pieces of American silver overtly linked to the political turmoil that led up to the Revolutionary War.




1 7/16 × 2 in. (3.7 × 5.1 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


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R.T. Haines Halsey (1865–1942), New York, NY, before 1906–29; purchased by Francis P. Garvan (1875–1937), New York, NY, 1929–30; gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930
  • Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 823
  • 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. 185, 187, no. 241, ill
  • 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), 70–71, no. 157
  • R. T. Haines Halsey and Elizabeth Tower, The Homes of Our Ancestors as Shown in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1935), 76, fig. 65
  • R. T. Elmes, "Boston the Cradle of Early American Silversmiths," The Jewelers' Circular (February 4, 1920), 161–62, ill
  • American Silver, the Work of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Silversmiths, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1906), 81, no. 233, pls. 10, 21, 22, ill
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"PR" in small rectangle on bottom


Engraved: The Illustrous NINETY-TWO around the bowl; W H E on bottom

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