Pre-Revolutionary Silver Porringers by Paul Revere
Pre-Revolutionary Silver Porringers by Paul Revere Pre-Revolutionary Silver Porringers by Paul Revere Pre-Revolutionary Silver Porringers by Paul Revere Pre-Revolutionary Silver Porringers by Paul Revere Pre-Revolutionary Silver Porringers by Paul Revere
Pre-Revolutionary Silver Porringers by Paul Revere

Pre-Revolutionary Silver Porringers by Paul Revere

  • These are believed to be the only silver porringers created by Paul Revere
  • Revere is best known as an American Patriot, but he was also a gifted silversmith
  • His pieces are some of the rarest and most important works of American silver ever made
  • These porringers were made for Tristram Dalton, the first Massachusetts Senator
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Item No. 30-8972
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This exceptional pair of silver porringers by silversmith and revolutionary Paul Revere, Jr. is thought to be the only pair crafted by the beloved American patriot. These modest bowls were made for and owned by Tristram Dalton, the first United States Senator from Massachusetts. Featuring a pierced keyhole handle and engraved crest, the porringers are particularly exceptional because Revere crafted them of silver instead of the more commonly used pewter. Although all authentic porringers, especially those made pre-Revolutionary War, are considered rare, those made by Revere are widely held to be the rarest. Fashioned by one of this country's most celebrated master artisans, this lovely set embodies the art and history of American silver. A maker's stamp of P. Revere marks each interior, with Buhler mark and museum accession number.

Although the mark P. REVERE was used by both Paul Revere Sr. and Paul Revere Jr., these porringers may be attributed to Paul Revere Jr., based on their original ownership by Tristram Dalton, who graduated from Harvard in 1756, two years after Revere Sr.'s death. Paul Revere Jr.'s daybooks, although incomplete, do record one order of Tristram Dalton-a purchase of table silver engraved with crests in 1769. It is likely that these porringers, also engraved with crests, were ordered around the same time.

Tristram Dalton, son of Newburyport merchant Michael Dalton, was the first Senator to serve the state of Massachusetts. Trained as a lawyer, Dalton engaged in the mercantile trade, but he was also active in Revolutionary politics. He was a delegate from Massachusetts to the convention of committees of New England Provinces which met in Providence, Rhode Island on Christmas Day, 1776, and was elected to the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1784, but did not attend. Dalton also served as a State legislator from 1782-1788, and became U.S. Senator in 1789. In 1758 he married Ruth Hooper, daughter of Robert "King" Hooper, a wealthy merchant from Marblehead. From 1764 to 1791, Dalton lived on State Street in Newburyport, where his house still stands. From November 1814 until his death in Boston in 1817, he was surveyor of the port of Boston. Dalton, New Hampshire is named for him.

8 3/8" wide (over handles) x 5 5/8" deep x 2 1/4" high

Circa 1769, Boston

Provenance:
Tristram Dalton (1738-1817), of Newburyport, first U.S. Senator from Massachusetts;
Mary Dalton (1771-1839), daughter, m. Leonard White;
Frederik White, son, m. 1832 Harriet Davis;
Robert King White (1838-1915), son, m. 1868 Alice Minturn;
Robert Hooper White (1879-1952), son, m. 1923 Elise Croll, thence by descent;
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2008;
Private Collection, Texas

Exhibited:
Yale University Art Gallery, 1979 to 1994
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Period: 18th Century
Origin:America
Type:Bowls/Porringers/Sauceboats
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