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A SILVER CANN OWNED BY JOHN HANCOCK
PROPERTY OF A MIDWESTERN COLLECTOR
A SILVER CANN OWNED BY JOHN HANCOCK

MARK OF SAMUEL MINOTT, BOSTON, 1760-1780

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A SILVER CANN OWNED BY JOHN HANCOCK
Mark of Samuel Minott, Boston, 1760-1780
Baluster on a circular molded foot, with leaf-clad scroll handle and molded rim, marked under base
5¼in. high; 12oz. 10dwt.
Provenance
John Hancock (1737-1793), Boston merchant, patriot, Governor of Massachusetts, and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence; thence by descent as follows:
Ebenezer Hancock, brother of John Hancock (who had no direct descendants)
John Hancock II (d. 1859), son of above
Elizabeth Lowell Hancock Moriarty
Elizabeth Lowell Hancock Moriarty Wood
Charles Hancock Wood (1882-1955)
John Hancock Wood (1912-1960)
Thence by descent and sold Christie's, New York, January 26, 1995, lot 416

Lot Essay

This cann is the one described in the will of John Hancock II (nephew of Governor Hancock) in 1860 as "a silver can that belonged to Gov. Hancock" (Will, January 14, 1860, p. 4). Various genealogies accompany this lot.

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