The initials engraved on the bottom of the bowl, I over S C, are those of Samuel Jones of New York and his second wife, Cornelia Haring. Samuel Jones, called the "Father of the New York Bar," was born at Fort Hill, Long Island in 1734 to William and Phoebe Jackson Jones. In 1765, he married Eleanor Turk, and on her death he married Cornelia Haring (also spelled Herring) in 1768. According to Thomas Floyd-Jones (Floyd-Jones Family, 1906, p. 85), there was a small group of silver belonging to Samuel Jones and his two wives which is marked with their initials.
Although his family had been loyal to the Crown, Jones supported American independence. He served as a member of the Committee of One Hundred, a provisional war committee that supported the actions of the Continental Congress. He never fought in the Revolutionary War, perhaps because he was busy tending his law practice. In a letter dated Nov. 15, 1775, John Morin Scott wrote: "Every office is shut up almost but Sam Jones, who will work for 6/- a day and live accordingly" (C.B. Todd, The Story of the City of New York, 1888, p. 292).
After the war, Jones and Richard Varick were appointed to revise all of the statutes of Great Britain to be continued under the constitution of 1777. He represented Queen's County in the New York Assembly from 1786-1790 and served in the Senate from 1791-1797. "His learning was vast. His principles...were ultra conservative..He was the man above all others to adapt the system of laws to the new condition of things,...and on every subject of that description the Legislature followed him implicitly, while upon any subject connected with politics, they were sure to be on the other side, with entire unanimity" (New York Legal Observer, October 1853, p. 323).
Jones also held the position of recorder for New York City from 1789 to 1796 and comptroller from 1797 to 1800. In 1806 and 1807 he was unsuccessful as a Federalist candidate for the state Senate. He retired from public life to his farm at Oyster Bay and passed his time writing letters on the early history of New York, which are now in the collections of the New-York Historical Society. Samuel Jones died in 1819 and his wife Cornelia died in 1821. (Dictionary of American Biography, vol. V., rpt. 1961)