Seal Maker: Jacob Hurd (American, 1702–1758)

ca. 1749

American Decorative Arts

Not on view

Silver, wood


4 1/8 × 2 1/2 in. (10.48 × 6.35 cm)
other (silver portion): 1 × 7/8 × 15/16 in. (2.54 × 2.22 × 2.38 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


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Originally owned by Lieutenant-Governor Spencer Bennett Phips (1685-1757); to his daughter Sarah Phips Bordman (1712-1793); to her son Andrew Bordman IV (1745-1817); to his wife Abigail Richardson Bordman (born 1770); to her grandnephew George Richardson Harlow (1899-1951). Purchased by Francis P. Garvan (1875-1937), New York, New York; gift in 1939 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 602
  • Hollis French, Jacob Hurd and His Sons, Nathaniel and Benjamin, Silversmiths, 1702–1781 (New York: Da Capo Press, 1972), 42, no. 183, 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), vol. 1, pp. 131–32, no. 153, 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), 58, no. 124
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Additional information

Object/Work type



"HURD" [Roman capitals] in relief within small rectangle incuse on socket.


Scratched "PHIPS HC" along side of silver portion just above raised lip next to the wood handle.

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