Milk jug, 1765
Photo courtsey of the...
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Photo courtsey of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1902
Philadelphia (then Pennsylvania) Museum of Art, 1917 (cat. 169, illus.)
Genealogical Society, Philadelphia, 1925 (cat. 29, illus.)
National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Mass., 1985
It has been on exhibit at the Clark Art Institute, and was featured in special exhibits there in 1955 and 1957
"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
Related Publications

Benjamin Franklin and his Circle: A Catalogue of an Exhibition (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936) (notes by R.T.H. Halsey, Joseph Downs, and Marshall Davidson)

Grimwade, Arthur G, London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837, Their Marks and Lives (London: Faber and Faber, 1976)

Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (New Haven and London: Yale University, 2005) (companion book to exhibition of same title)

Wees, Beth Carver. English, Irish, and Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. NewYork: Hudson Hills, 1997.

Given to Franklin by Dr. John Fothergill, a London friend and associate. Bequeathed by Franklin to his executor, Henry Hill, in 1790. Bequeathed by Hill to his sister, Milcah Martha Moore, in 1798. Given by her as a wedding gift to Hannah Burling Smith (Mott) in 1824. Given to her son, Richard; to his daughter, Amelia Mott (Gummere) of Haverford, PA, in 1891; to her son, Samuel J. Gummere, in 1934.

Samuel Gummere loaned the milk pot to The Franklin Institute. From there, he sold it to dealer Harry Arons. It was with Arons in 1954, when it was advertised in The Magazine Antiques in May; with Shrubsole, by whom it was sold to Robert Sterling Clark in 1955. Terms of Use Credits