Maker: Paul Revere Jr. (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1734–1818 Boston, Massachusetts)

Date: 1797

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: Overall: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); 2 oz. 14 dwt. (83.6 g)
Lip: Diam. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Base: Diam. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, by exchange, 1958

Accession Number: 58.3.1


This set of beakers or small drinking cups was made for the Salem, Massachusetts merchant Elias Hasket Derby (1739–1799) and descended in his family. They are among the "8 Silver Cups Engraved" that Revere supplied to Derby in 1795. Their plain, slightly rounded bodies with engraved borders were made to match a set of four cups already owned by Derby, marked by the Parisian silversmith Denis Colombier in 1789. The similarities are striking, although the French originals are more intricately engraved. All twelve cups are listed in Derby's probate inventory of 1799. These objects illustrate both the influence of French design on late eighteenth-century American taste and the role of the patron in commissioning silver. One of the Colombier beakers (67.94) also belongs to the Museum, offering the opportunity to compare copies to their original source.