Overall: 4 3/8 x 3 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. ( 11.1 x 9.5 x 18.1 cm ) Silver Weight: 9 oz (troy) 10 dwt (296 g)
engraved: on the base: "M/ I * I" in block letters stamped: on the base: "SS" in roman letters in a rectangle
Wrought silver sauceboat; deep, oval boat-shaped body, with a flared and serrated rim and long, high and wide pouring lip; double c-scroll handle with a acanthus grip and solid scroll terminus, joined to and curved above the rim; three cast cabriole legs with shell knees and pad feet; engraved, "M/ I * I" in block letters on the base; maker's mark stamped on the base.
Representing the height of formal dining, silver sauceboats were an expensive luxury; versions in porcelain or refined earthenware were a more economical and readily available option. Sets of London-made silver sauceboats brought to America by British colonial officials may have fueled the fashion for these vessels. This example follows the English model popular during the mid-eighteenth century in American cities from Boston to Charleston. It was purchased in 1970 as the work of New York City silversmith Simeon Soumaine (1685-ca. 1750), but was reattributed in 2011 to Samuel Soumaine based on the distinctive "SS" mark in its underside.
Unknown prior to purchase in 1970 from Anton Rudert, Jr., New York City.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.