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American Decorative Arts
Maker: John Potwine, American, 1699–1792




5 1/4 × 9 in. (13.3 × 22.9 cm) base (Base): 3 7/16 in.(8.7 cm)
John Marshall Phillips Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
Made in Hartford, Connecticut
Made in East Windsor, Connecticut
Not on view
18th century
Containers - Metals

Possibly originally owned by Samuel Welles (1660-c.1731) or his son Samuel Welles (1689-1770); his grandson Samuel Welles (?); Samuel Welles; Benjamin Welles; Benjamin Sumner Welles; Winthrop Sargent; Sumner Welles (b. 1892); Walter M. Jeffords, Glen Riddle, PA (1955); gift in 1955 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


The Massachusetts Colonial Loan Exhibit at the Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition, 1607–1907, exh. cat. (Boston: Wright and Potter Printing Company, 1907), 11, no. 105.

George Munson Curtis and Florence Virginia Berger, American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1911), 100, no. 837, pls. 28, 35, ill.

John Potwine, “John Potwine, Silversmith of Massachusetts and Connecticut,” Antiques 28 (September 1935): 109, fig. 12.

Helen Comstock, “The John Marshall Phillips Collection,” Antiques 68 (December 1955): 556, 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. 110–11, 113, no. 126, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 784.

Peter J. Bohan and Philip Hammerslough, Early Connecticut Silver 1700–1840 (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2007), 41, pl. 18, ill.

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