Snuff Box Maker: Daniel Parker (American, 1726–1785)

ca. 1750–60

American Decorative Arts

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

Silver, cowry shell

Dimensions

3 1/8 × 1 15/16 × 1 in. (7.94 × 4.9 × 2.54 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number

1930.1322

Culture
Period

18th century

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Possibly originally owned by Robert Calef; possibly to Mary Calef; possibly Lucretia Strasey; Francis P. Garvan (1875 - 1937), New York; gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
Bibliography
  • Alexandra Ward, "Pocketing the Exotic: Yale's Cowrie-Shell Snuffbox," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2019), 40–47, fig. 1, 4
  • Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 756
  • 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, p. 162, no. 206
Object copyright
Additional information

Object/Work type

snuffboxes

Marks

"D:PARKER" [Roman] in rectangle (inside lid).

Inscriptions

“Robert Calef / to / Mary Calef ”; engraved on face; a later inscription scratched into the surface reads, “Lucretia Hussey / L. H. 1748 / 1748.”

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