Overall: 4 x 8 3/4 in. ( 10.2 x 22.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 25 oz (troy) 10 dwt (793 g)
Wrought silver bowl, deep, bowl-shaped body on a cast, applied molded foot; applied, molded, reeded band around the rim; engraved on the base, "ozs" in script over, "26/ B/ T P" in block letters; maker's mark in the center of the bowl.
Gift of Mrs. Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Sr.; The Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr. Collection
engraved: on the base: "ozs" in script over, "26/ B/ T P" in block letters stamped: in the center of the bowl: "MM" conjoined, in roman letters in a cartouche
This bowl belonged to Captain Thomas (d. 1763) and Phebe Barnes (d. 1788). Thomas Barnes was captain of a privateering vessel out of New York and Westchester during the Revolutionary War.
Thomas (d. 1763) and Phebe (d. 1788) Barnes; by Phebe's will dated November 3, 1785, "my Gold Watch and my large Silver Punch Bowl" bequeathed to her daughter Phebe (Barnes) Tolmie (d. 1795). Subsequent ownership uncertain; Phebe Tolmie bequeathed "one Silver milk Pot" to her unmarried sister Philena, "my wearing Apparel & Jewels" to her niece Pheba Cummings, and the remainder of her estate to her nephew David Harris. Exhibited during 1940s at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from "the collection of Ahline Jones"; sold in 1949 by the dealers James Graham & Sons of New York, acting as an agent for "a descendant of the original owners, Thomas and Phoebe [sic] Barnes," to the collector Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.