Jacob Hurd, American (worked Boston, Massachusetts), 1702/3 - 1758


about 1740


Overall: 5 1/4 × 5 1/2 × 3 11/16 in. (13.4 × 14 × 9.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Sandra D. Carpenter and son Bradford D. Carpenter, Class of 1982, in memory of Charles B. Carpenter, MD, Class of 1955



Place Made: United States, North America



Object Name

Tools and Equipment: Food Service

Research Area

Decorative Arts

Not on view


Engraved, in cursive: S.O. [for Susan Osborn (1772–1844]); the engraving almost certainly was added to the cann during Osborn’s life and quite likely before her 1808 marriage to Wesley Perkins Balch (1766–1827). Marked, to left of handle [Kane “F”]: HURD [in rectangle]

Publication History

Listed in Patricia Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1998, p. 589 (source for listing: Yale University Art Gallery files).

Published References

Hood, Graham. American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1971.


Probably acquired by Freeborn Balch III (1712/13–1786); to his son, Wesley Perkins Balch (1766-1827); to his daughter, Susan Osborn Balch (1811–1878); to her son, John Francis Davis (1832-1917); to his son, Davenport Field Davis (1902–1970 ); to his daughter, Sandra D. Carpenter, Class of 1955W (b. 1935), Exeter, New Hampshire; gift to present collection, 2019.

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