Overall: 5 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. ( 14.6 x 9.5 x 15.9 cm ) Silver Weight: 14 oz (troy) 6 dwt (444 g)
Inscription: engraved at front center: "M F" in foliate script Maker's mark: stamped on base: "EP" in a rectangle
Wrought silver cann; baluster-shaped body on a circular molded foot; plain band applied around the rim; cast, double-scroll handle with an acanthus thumbpiece, rat-tail lower terminus; engraved on the front center with the initials, "M F" in foliate script; maker's mark stamped on the base.
Colonel William Floyd (1734-1821), a major landowner, distinguished public servant, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, purchased this cann as a wedding gift for his daughter Mary in 1784. Canns like these were popular products in the shop of Elias Pelletreau, a silversmith who worked in Southampton, Long Island. Although of Huguenot descent and trained by Huguenot craftsman Simeon Soumaine, Pelletreau served a primarily Anglo-Quaker clientele based in and around Southampton.
Gift of Mrs. Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Sr.; The Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr. Collection
Mary Floyd (1763-1805), who married Benjamin Tallmadge (1754-1835); descent uncertain; purchased before 1949 by Waldron P. Belknap, Jr.; bequeathed to his mother, Mrs. Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Sr. (1874-1959), the donor.
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