Overall: 5 1/8 x 3 5/8 x 5 7/8 in. ( 13 x 9.2 x 14.9 cm )
Inscription: engraved on base: "A * D" in block letters Inscription: engraved on body at center front in Old English lettering: "H. K. K." Maker's marks: stamped on the base: "N R [faint superimposed V]" in an oval surround.
Wrought silver cann; baluster-shaped body on a circular molded foot; plain rim; double-scroll handle with a scrolled acanthus thumbpiece, and a forked lower terminus; engraved, "A * D" in block letters on the base; engraved, "H. K. K." in gothic script on the center front; maker's mark stamped on the base. Lid added at a later date.
This cann was made for Abraham Duryea (1724-1797) of Brooklyn, whose initials are engraved on the underside of the base. It was bequeathed to his wife, Elizabeth Low, upon his death in 1797. She then passed it on to her sister, Helena Low and her husband, Henry Kip. It was then passed through their son's descendents to Edith Schuyler Ketchum (a great-great granddaughter) who married Charles C. Willis, the uncle of the donor.
Gift of Charles Henry Goren
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