Overall: 1 5/8 x 6 x 4 in. ( 4.1 x 15.2 x 10.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 3 oz (troy) 1 dwt (95 g)
engraved: on the base: "Jannetye Rappelye" in script stamped: on the base: "HB" in conjoined roman letters, in a crowned shield
Wrought silver drinking bowl; raised, shallow circular bowl with a plain rim and flat bottom; two twisted wire, c-scroll handles; engraved on the base, "Jannetye Rappelye" in script; maker's mark on the base.
Small, shallow two-handled bowls such as this were fairly common in New England and New York from the second half of the seventeenth century through about 1730. Usually referred to as dram cups or anthropomorphized as "two ear'd" cups, the vessels were intended to hold a small draught of liquor. This example is inscribed "Jannetye Rappelye," probably for Jannetye (Jane) Rappelye (1707-1781), the daughter of the Newtown, Queens, brewer Joris Rappelye (1675-1741) and his wife, Angenitje Berrien (1675-1756). The engraving of her full name on the bowl's underside-and the use of her name's Dutch form-suggests that it might have been presented for a special occasion, possibly upon her marriage to Jan DeBevoise (1704-1777) of Newtown in 1729.
Bequest of Richard Gosman
Jannetye Rappelye (1707-1781), who married Jan DeBevoise (1704-1777); to their son Joris DeBevoise (1730-1802), who married Neeltje Schenck (b. 1736); to their daughter Jane DeBevoise (b. ca. 1772), who married Isaac DeBevoise (b. 1757); to their son George DeBevoise (1792-1855), who married Elizabeth Schenck (1796-1855); to their daughter Jane E. DeBevoise (b. 1844), who married George McAlister Gosman (1843-1923); to their son Richard Henry Gosman (1875-1945), the donor.
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