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Overall: 1 7/8 x 7 x 4 7/8 in. ( 4.8 x 17.8 x 12.4 cm )
molded: under pierced handle: "FB" with fleur-de-lys within beaded circle
Round shallow bowl with indented domed base, and banded collared rim, cusped and pierced old English handle.
According to the donor, this porringer by Frederick Bassett of New York and Connecticut, was from the collection of Thomas and Constance Williams. As with a number of tradesmen, Bassett fled New York City during the American Revolution. He had worked in New York from 1761 to 1780, but settled in Hartford, Connecticut where he continued to produce pewter works from 1780 to 1785. He returned to New York in 1785 and worked until his death in 1799. During his short time in Hartford, Bassett must have influenced some of the Connecticut pewterers, namely Samuel Danforth who adapted some of Bassett's designs.
Purchase, Foster-Jarvis Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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