American Decorative Arts
Maker: Jeremiah Dummer, American, 1645–1718


probably 1686


10 13/16 × 7 7/16 × 7 7/16 in., 55.12 lb. (27.5 × 18.9 × 18.9 cm, 25 oz.)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
On view
17th century
Lighting Devices

Possibly originally owned by Col. Peter Lidgett; David and Elizabeth (Usher) Jeffries; family of Dr. John Jeffries (1796-1876); his son, John Jeffries; Walter Lloyd Jeffries; his brother, William A. Jeffries; Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1935; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 188–89, no. 96, ill.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 100, fig. 94.

John Henry Buck, Old Plate, Its Makers and Marks, 2d ed. (New York: Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1903), 120–21, ill.

Francis H. Bigelow, Historic Silver of the Colonies and Its Makers (New York: MacMillan Company, 1917), 283–85, fig. 187.

Clara Louise Avery, Early American Silver (New York: The Century Co., 1930), 47–48, 349, pl. 61, ill.

Edward Wenham, “Candlesticks and Snuffers by American Silversmiths,” Antiques 18 (December 1930): 491, 493, fig. 18.

Hermann F. Clarke and Henry Wilder Foote, Jeremiah Dummer: Colonial Craftsman and Merchant, 1645–1718 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1935), 92–93, nos. 9–10, pl. 5, ill.

Hermann F. Clarke, “Jeremiah Dummer, Silversmith (1645–1718),” Antiques 28 (October 1935): 145, fig. 5.

John Marshall Phillips, “Additions to the Garvan Collection of Silver,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 8, no. 1 (June 1937): 4–5, ill.

Stephen G. C. Ensko, American Silversmiths and Their Marks, 3 (New York: Ensko, Inc., 1948), 92, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, “Masterpieces in American Silver; Part I, Seventeenth-Century Traditions,” Antiques vol. 54, no. 6 (December 1948): 416, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, American Silver (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 36, pl. 6a, ill.

Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), 14–17, no. 9, ill.

American Silver, the Work of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Silversmiths, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1906), 56, no. 93, pls. 1, 2.

Harvard Tercentenary Exhibition, exh. cat. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1936), 24, no. 86.

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), 38–39, no. 70, fig. 8.

Kathryn C. Buhler, Colonial Silversmiths, Masters and Apprentices, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1956), 57, no. 48.

Kathryn C. Buhler, French, English, and American Silver, exh. cat. (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1956), 73, no. 212, fig. 36.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 26, 28–29, fig. 5.

Harold Newman, An Illustrated Dictionary of Silverware (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1987), 78, ill.

Martha Gandy Fales, Early American Silver for the Cautious Collector (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1970), 10–11, fig. 9a.

Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Inventing Boston: Design, Production, and Consumption (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2019), 158, fig. 183.

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.