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Object Name: Cann
Date: ca. 1750
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/8 x 3 5/8 x 5 7/8 in. ( 13 x 9.2 x 14.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Wrought silver cann; baluster-shaped body on a circular molded foot; plain rim; double-scroll handle with a scrolled acanthus thumbpiece, and a forked lower terminus; engraved, "A * D" in block letters on the base; engraved, "H. K. K." in gothic script on the center front; maker's mark stamped on the base. Lid, now separated from cann, added at a later date.
Credit Line: Gift of Charles Henry Goren
Object Number: 1960.13ab
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Marks: Inscription engraved on base: "A * D" in block letters; engraved on body at center front in Old English lettering: "H. K. K."; Maker's marks stamped on the base: "N R [faint superimposed V]" in an oval surround.

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This cann was made for Abraham Duryea (1724-1797) of Brooklyn, whose initials are engraved on the underside of the base. It was bequeathed to his wife, Elizabeth Low, upon his death in 1797. She then passed it on to her sister, Helena Low and her husband, Henry Kip. It was then passed through their son's descendents to Edith Schuyler Ketchum (a great-great granddaughter) who married Charles C. Willis, the uncle of the donor.