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AN IMPORTANT SILVER WINE CUP
AN IMPORTANT SILVER WINE CUP

BOSTON, 1730, ATTRIBUTED TO JACOB HURD

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AN IMPORTANT SILVER WINE CUP
Boston, 1730, attributed to Jacob Hurd
The flaring cylindrical cup on baluster stem and spreading circular foot, the cup engraved with presentation inscription, apparently unmarked
8 5/16in. high; 10oz.
Provenance

By tradition, Elizabeth Nicholls (d. 1748), widow of David Nicholls (d. 1747), tailor.
Literature
E. Alfred Jones, Old Silver of American Churches, 1913, p. 78, illus. Pl. XXX.

Lot Essay

Elizabeth Nicholls's pew at the meeting house at Long Lane was her most valued possession. A 1747 inventory of the personal and real estate of her late husband, David Nicholls listed "One Pew in the Presbyterian Meeting House in long lane £40." It was the first and most expensive item listed in the inventory that totaled £169. Elizabeth Nicholls's will dated July 16, 1747 bequeathed her pew to her children and grandchildren and appointed Rev. Moorhead as executor.

Many of the early members of this tight-knit congregation were related not just by faith, but by profession. David Nicholls was a tailor, as was Brice Blair, who donated a silver beaker in 1744 (lot 321). George Glen, Edward Allen, Abraham All and William Shaw, whose names are noted on a 1735 deed of transfer relating to the church property, were also listed as tailors.
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