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Porringer owned by John Cruger (1678–1744) and Maria Cuyler (1678–1724)

Object Name: Porringer
Date: ca. 1705-1724
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 2 × 7 3/8 × 5 in., 6 oz (troy) 17 dwt (5.1 × 18.7 × 12.7 cm, 213.1 g)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Raised circular, shallow bowl, with sides curved-out from a stepped, flat, domed base, and back to an everted lip; cast, applied handle with pierced geometric shapes and inscribed scrolls on each side of the joint; engraved on the base, "C/ I * M" in block letters; maker's mark stamped on the base.
Credit Line: Purchase, Abbot-Lenox Fund
Object Number: 1962.35
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Marks: engraved: on the base: "C/ I * M" in block letters stamped: on the base: "PVD" in a rectangle, in roman letters

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This porringer was presented to John Cruger (1678-1744) and his wife, Maria Cuyler (1678-1724), who married in New York City in 1703. This porringer incorporates the distinctive "flowered" handle, one of two patterns popular in New York City during the early eighteenth century. Extensive wear on the bowl indicates that the porringer saw heavy usage.


John (1678-1744) and Maria Cuyler Cruger (1678-1724); to their son Henry Cruger (1707-1780), who married Elizabeth Harris (1712-1760); to their son Henry Cruger (1739-1827), who married Caroline Elizabeth Blair (d. 1793); to their son John Cruger (1774-1812), who married Martha Ramsay (1774-1848); to their son Nicholas Cruger (1801-1868), who married Eliza Kortright (1802-1882); to their daughter Catherine Kortright Cruger (1829-1894), who married Gilbert Rodman Fox (1817-1892); to their daughter Frances M. Fox (1856-1931); to her nephew George Coleman Fox (1888-1976); acquired by collector John D. Kernan, Englewood, N.J., 1954; sold to Israel Sack, New York, 1962; purchased by N-YHS, 1962.


Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 318


"Slavery in New York," New-York Historical Society, October 17, 2005-March 5, 2006.

"Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margarita van Varick," Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY, September 18, 2009-January 24, 2010.