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Porringer

Maker:
Samuel Vernon (1683–1737)
Date:
1700–1730
Geography:
Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 15/16 x 7 5/8 in. (4.9 x 19.4 cm); 9 oz. 3 dwt. (285.1 g) Lip: Diam. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm) Body: Diam. 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.41.96
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 710
The shallow bowls with handles known as porringers were used for drinking liquids or dipped into stews, soups, porridges, and other staples of the colonial diet.
Inscription: engraved on handle in shaded roman: A [pellet] W / E * G; engraved on underside in script: Alice Whipple, 1731(last digit not clear)

Marking: marked inside bowl and on underside of handle: S V / [fleur-de-lis] (in heart-shaped surround)
Mrs. Charles H. Truax, New York, NY; sold to Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 1913.
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