Porringer

Object Number: 
1954.163
Date: 
ca. 1769-1788
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/4 x 8 x 5 5/8 in. (20.3 x 14.3 x 5.7 cm) Silver Weight: 11 oz (troy) 1.2 dwt (344 g)
Marks: 
stamped: on base: twice, "C*DUNN" in roman letters in a rectangle
Description: 
Wrought and cast silver porringer; circular, shallow bowl, with sides curved-out from a stepped, flat, domed base, and back to an everted lip; cast, applied handle with pierced geometric shapes; maker's marks stamped on the base.
Gallery Label: 
Silver porringers have long been a traditional gift to children. Containing hot liquid foods like porridge and broth, the bowls were commonly used for feeding infants in eighteenth-century America. According to family tradition, this porringer was presented to Mary Alsop King (1769-1819) by her father, John Alsop (1724-1794), upon the birth of her first son, John Alsop King (1788-1867). Mary presumably used the porringer to feed their son John as well as the couple's subsequent eight children.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Rufus King
Provenance: 
Presented to Mary Alsop King (1769-1819), wife of Rufus King (1755-1827); to her daughter-in-law Sarah Worthington (1800-1877), who married Edward King (1799-1836); bequeathed to her great-grandson Rufus King (1871-1953), who married Jane Skinner (1876-1964), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group