The monogram I over ZE is for Zachariah and Elizabeth (Waldron) Johonnot.
This cann is recorded in Paul Revere's Daybook on March 3, 1766 and was one of a pair. The mate is now in the collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Zachariah Johonnot was a frequent patron of Paul Revere, commissioning both religious and domestic plate. He commissioned a baptismal basin and flagon, in 1761 and 1773, respectively, for the Hollis Street Church in Boston. The Revere Daybooks include listings for a pair of candlesticks, 1762, a second pair of candlesticks, 1763, a tankard engraved with Johonnot arms in 1765, the engraving of a salver with his arms in that same year, and the pair of canns ordered in 1766. Two sauceboats, circa 1765, are now in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Zachariah Johonnot was a distiller and merchant. Born 1701/02 in Boston, he married Elizabeth Quincy about 1723, and secondly Elizabeth Waldron in 1759. He married thirdly Margaret Le Mercier in 1777, the daughter of the French Protestant minister in Boston. Upon Zachariah's death in 1784, his son Peter was bequeathed his store, house, and two pairs of Revere candlesticks and a salver. Peter, a Loyalist, died in London in 1809. Another son, Col. Gabriel Johonnot, remained in Boston. (See: Buhler, op. cit., pp. 405-407; Patricia Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, 1998, pp. 806-824; A. E. Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches, 1913, pp. 82-83.)
CAPTION: Paul Revere, Daybook, 3 March 1766, entry for Zachariah Johonnot's purchase of the present lot