This bowl descended in the family from Charles Carnan Ridgely (1760-1829), who was Governor of Maryland 1815-1818. Born a Carnan, he reversed his names to inherit Hampton and the estate of his uncle, Captain Charles Ridgely. He married Priscilla Dorsey in 1782, and the couple had over a dozen children. At his death, he owned 10,000 acres in Baltimore County and over 300 slaves; all of the slaves below the age of 45 were freed.
He was an enthusiastic patron of silver, ordering pieces from Barry, Boehme, and Aiken as well as William Ball. Pleasants & Sill illustrate a footed bowl by Ball with the same provenance as well as the offered piece.
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