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American Silver Porringer, Paul Revere Sr. or Jr., Boston, Circa 1750-70


10,000 - 20,000 USD

American Silver Porringer, Paul Revere Sr. or Jr., Boston, Circa 1750-70

American Silver Porringer, Paul Revere Sr. or Jr., Boston, Circa 1750-70


10,000 - 20,000 USD

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American Silver Porringer

Paul Revere Sr. or Jr., Boston

Circa 1750-70

Wide bowl later engraved on front J.K.W. to H.M.W., keyhole handle engraved with early initials PGK, marked center of bowl and back of handle P [pellet] REVERE in rectangle.

Length: 8 1/4 inches

21 cm

Extra solder at left end of handle, fissure to handle above it

Some signs of work in center of bowl and wear to that mark (there is a crisp mark on underside of handle)

As noted re: 19th century engraving at front, otherwise good, expected minor scratches from use.


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Sotheby’s New York, April 29-May 1, 1981, lot 395A
Sotheby’s New York, January 23, 2009, lot 138
Patricia Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, pp. 820 and 880.
On loan to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1933-78
The initials are those of Philip Godfrid Kast, died 1791, aged 88, a German-born physician who practiced in Haverhill, Salem and Boston. The later initials on the bowl are those of Joanna (Kast) West and her husband Henry West.

Patricia Kane lists this porringer and its mark under Revere Sr. (mark G) and Jr. (mark A), Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, p. 820 and 880.

The Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 1922, 1739, broadside, contains the following notice “Philip Godfrey Kast takes the Pleasure to acquaint his friends and the Public that he has just imported from London and is now opening at his Apothecary store at the sign of the Lion and Mortar, in King Street, Salem.”

Nathaniel Hurd engraved his trade card circa 1774, described in French, Hollis, Jacob Hurd and his Sons, Silversmiths, p.77, depicting a Corinthian column at the left with an iron crane supporting a hanging sign with a lion wielding a pestle in a mortar. Listed on the card are some of his stock in trade “Turlington’s Balsam of Life. Bateman’s pectoral Drops. British Oyl. Stoughton’s Elixir Salutis. Hooper’s female pills. Lockyers SD & the freshest & best of Drugs & Medicines of all kinds where Apothecary & Doctors Town and Country may be Suppl’d with large or small Quantities at the Cheapest rate. Where also may be had compleat Setts of Surgeons Pocket Instruments, Marble Mortars, Double flint Bottlers from half ounce to quart with glass stoppers. Together with most Kinds of grocery ware Dye Stuff. N.B. Doctors and Traders may be as well Suppl’d by Letter as if present Themselves, Nat Hurd Sculp.” This copy is property of The American Antiquarian Society, reproduced in Old Time New England, Serial No. 84.