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 College: Gift of Sandra D. Carpenter and son Bradford D. Carpenter, Class of 1982, in memory of Charles B. Carpenter, MD, Class of 1955



North America, United States



Object Name

Tools and Equipment: Food Service


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.

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete.

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