Lot 1234Paul Revere Jr. Silver Cream Jug
Inverted pear form, on circular foot with beaded borders, with double scroll handle, engraved with monogram SDS within foliate surround, marked to side of upper handle join (Kane mark B). Height 5 inches, approximately 3 ounces.
Captain Stephen Smith (1739-1806) and Deborah Ellis (1741-1825)
Elizabeth Otis Smith (1779-1860), daughter, married Ebenezer Inglee (1764-1851)
Annah Inglee (1803-1877), daughter, married Dennis Garland (1790-1847)
Eliza Garland (1826-1911), daughter, married Samuel Valentine (1826-1900)
Lucy W. Valentine (1849-1953), daughter
Monroe and Elizabeth Dreher Collection, Darien CT, 1949, $1500
Francis Hill Bigelow, Historic Silver of the Colonies and its Makers, 1917, p. 410, illus. 302, p. 412
Kathryn Buhler, American Silver: The American Art Library
Alice Winchester, "The Connecticut Home of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe F. Dreher, The Magazine Antiques, November 1954, illus. p. 381.
Patricia Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, 1998, p. 815 (cited as Stillman and Deborah Smith)
The engraved initials are those of Captain Stephen Smith (1739-1806) and Deborah Ellis (1741-1825), Machias, ME
Smith was born in Sandwich, MA and married Ellis, born Plymouth MA, in 1762. They moved to Machias, ME in 1772. In 1776, Stephen Smith was appointed Truck Master, overseeing the supplying of provisions to Native Americans, thus helping to retain their allegiance to the colonies during the Revolutionary War. During that war, he was appointed Captain and took part in the defense of eastern Maine.
The Revere daybook entry for Captain Stephen Smith on 22 October 1783 cites an order for "A Silver Creampot," and "a Pr. Wine Qt. Canns, 6 Large Spoons, and a Pr. Sugar tongs". One of the canns, with matching SDS monogram, is in the collection of The Heritage Plantation of Sandwich MA (1978.4). The cann is cited in Kane, p. 810 and illustrated in The Magazine Antiques, February 1979, p. 312 and illus. p. 316.
A comparable cream jug was ordered by Moses Michael Hays in 1783 and sold at Christie's on 25 January 2015, lot 74. It shares a similar inverted pear-form shape and beaded decoration. The engraved monogram was enclosed within a distinctive inverted wreath and the same unusual presentation appeared on other Revere works during this period. For example, the same configuration appears on the Smith wine cann, the Moses Michael Hays cream jug and another cream jug illustrated in Kathryn Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver, 1970, no. 243.
C Property from The Monroe and Elizabeth Dreher Collection
Sold for $22,680
Condition: Clear engraving; Revere mark is 50% obscured due to solder repair to rim near handle; solder repair to one side of spout; solder repair to upper handle join
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