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Cann

Object Number: 
1951.286
Date: 
ca. 1780
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 5/8 x 4 5/8 x 6 1/2 in. ( 16.8 x 11.7 x 16.5 cm ) Silver Weight: 25 oz (troy) 5 dwt (785 g)
Marks: 
Maker's mark: stamped on base and below lip to right of handle: "B. WOODCOCK" conforming
Description: 
Wrought silver cann; baluster-shaped body on a circular molded foot; molded rib around the lower body; plain, molded band applied around the rim; s-scroll handle with an acanthus leaf thumbpiece, lower terminus joins to a forked, c-scroll joint; maker's mark stamped on the base.
Gallery Label: 
This capacious cann, made to hold a quart of liquid such as beer or ale, is singular among extant examples marked by Bancroft Woodcock for its unusually large size. Woodcock, a Quaker silversmith of Irish descent, established his business in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1754 and enjoyed a long and successful career spanning four decades. The cann was probably originally made for George Read (1733-1798), the Delaware lawyer, patriot, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, through his mother, Elizabeth Rhodes Fisher (1828-1878).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Goodhue Livingston
Provenance: 
George Read (1733-1798), who married Gertrude Ross (1732-1802); to their son William Read (1767-1846), who married Anne McCall (1772-1845); to their daughter Mary Read (1799-1875), who married Coleman Fisher (1793-1857); to their daughter Elizabeth Rhodes Fisher (1828-1878), who married Eugene Augustus Livingston (1813-1893); to their son Richard Montgomery Callendar Livingston (1861-1945); to his cousin Goodhue Livingston (1867-1951), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group