Lot 485
  • 485

American silver punch bowl, Daniel Christian Fueter, New York, dated 1763

15,000 - 20,000 USD
12,500 USD
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  • marked on base twice DCF in an oval and once N:YORK, also with scratch weight 25oz 8dwt
  • silver
on a spreading circular foot, front of bowl engraved with arms below coronet and with initials M/I*C and date 1763, base engraved with initials I/MC


Sotheby's New York, The New York Sale, April 1, 2015, lot 6

Catalogue Note

The bowl was found on the Ile aux Noix, between Fort Chambly and Fort Lennox, near the mouth of Lake Champlain in Quebec, Canada.

Daniel Christian Fueter was born in 1720 in Bern, Switzerland and worked first in London and then in New York from around 1754 to 1769, when he returned to Europe. Fueter was one of the few colonial silversmiths to use a "N:York" mark. His son Lewis Fueter took over the family's New York business after his father left for Europe in 1769; as a Royalist, he left New York when the British evacuated in 1783 and went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, later moving to Jamaica where he drowned in 1784. 

The arms are those of Ker as borne by the Marquess of Lothian. This may be an association with Lord Mark Kerr's regiment of dragoons. Lord Ancram, later 4th Marquess of Lothian, was colonel of the Regiment from 1752 to 1775. Although active at Culloden, then at Cherbourg and Warburg in the Seven Year's War, the regiment as a whole is not recorded as being stationed in the Americas.