Porringer

Object Number: 
1957.190
Date: 
ca. 1719
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 4 5/8 x 6 in. ( 4.4 x 11.7 x 15.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 4 oz (troy) 9 dwt (138 g)
Marks: 
engraved: on the base: "A/ I * A/ 1719" in block letters
Description: 
Wrought and cast silver porringer; circular, shallow bowl, with sides curved-out from a stepped, domed base, and back to an everted lip; cast, applied handle with pierced geometric shapes and scrolls on each side of the joint; engraved on the base, "A/ I *A/ 1719" in block letters; no maker's mark.
Gallery Label: 
Porringers became increasingly associated with the feeding of children and were clearly a desirable baptismal gift. This petite example bears the initials of James Arden (ca. 1690-1755) and Abijah Bouquet (b. 1693), who married in New York City in 1716. The date "1719" engraved below the couple's initials possibly refers to the birth that year of their second son, Francis. Following baptismal gift-giving traditions, the porringer may have been a present from the child's likely godfather, François Bouquet.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of John B. Morris, Jr.
Provenance: 
James Arden (ca. 1690-1755) and Abijah Bouquet (b. 1693); to their son Thomas Arden (1721-1798), who married Mary Antoinette Blank (1726-1817); to their daughter Margaret Antoinette Arden (b.1770), who married Frederick Babcock (b.1771); to their daughter Mary Elizabeth Babcock (1808-1851), who married William Lewis Morris (1805-1864); to their daughter Margaret Antoinette Morris (1830-1911), who married John Austin Stevens (1827-1910); to their nephew John Babcock Morris, Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group