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John Coddington, Cup, ca. 1715, Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth

John Coddington


John Coddington, silversmith
American, 1690-1743
ca. 1715
Height: 10.2 cm (4 inches)
Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth 36.005

Fine silver was the ultimate luxury in America until well after the Revolutionary War. Silver-smiths in colonial cities developed techniques for decorating the precious metal to its best advantage, but this cup is one of very few pieces of early Rhode Island silver with such elaborate adornment. Fluting around the base and punched ornament around the middle create a rich effect that resembles sophisticated English silver of the same date. The cup is one of a small number of surviving pieces marked by silversmith John Coddington, grandson of Rhode Island’s first governor, William Coddington

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