About this artwork
Because silver was associated with purity and durability, it was the most popular material used to fashion objects for administering the Sacrament. Matching sets were rare, and church silver was usually acquired piecemeal over a period of decades. By the end of the 18th century, the First Church of Medford, Massachusetts, had 20 pieces of communion silver, all given by different donors and fashioned by different makers.
- Benjamin Burt
- Communion Dish
- Marked on bottom, in rectangle: B.BURT Engraved around rim of dish: The Legacy of the Honble ISAAC ROYALL ESQ. to the CHURCH OF CHRIST in Medford 1781 Scratch weight on underside: oz / 25-6
- 3.2 × 32.4 × 32.4 cm (1 1/4 × 12 3/4 × 12 3/4 in.); 780.6 g
- Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society