1750-56 Jacob Hurd Colonial American Silver Porringer Boston (Parker Armorial)

1750-56 Jacob Hurd Colonial American Silver Porringer Boston (Parker Armorial)


Important silver Jacob Hurd porringer (Boston, 1750-56). Circular, with openwork "keyhole" handle, the handle engraved with. Hallmarked HURD in rectangular cartouche (Kane, variant D). Former collection of Archbald family of Boston and thus by descent. Heraldic engraving is a ‘dexter cubit arm vested and cuffed, the hand holding the attire of a stag’.

Jacob Hurd, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Tufts Hurd (born in 1702 or 1703- 1758) and father to silversmith Benjamin Hurd (1739-1781) and grandfather to Benjamin Hurd, Jr. (1778-1818). He was the most important and prolific silversmith of his generation, producing over 500 objects. Hurd received many of the most important commissions for public presentation objects and was the favored artisan among Boston’s elite. In addition to his work as a silversmith, Jacob Hurd was prominent in the Massachusetts militia, serving initially as First Sargent of the Artillery Company in 1745 and late as Captain of a Boston company. His son Nathaniel Hurd (1729-1777) was also a silversmith and engraver, as was his son Benjamin (1739-1781).


Overall good. Couple small dings. Hammer marks on interior. Handle cast from an earlier porringer handle (possibly also by Hurd) showing remnants of that former maker mark (common practice, see Figure 16 Kane). Engraved armorial may be 19th century.

Dimensions: 2 1/16" x 8". 245 grams


Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers.

See also: Christie's 'Important American Silver', Sale 2814, Lot 67, 23 January 2014) for a similar engraving.

Ships in a hand sewn tarnish resistant custom felt bag. Do not wash bag and it will repel tarnish for many years.

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