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Object ID 1947.024.003
Object Name Creamer
Collection Silver
Credit line DHS Purchase
Year Range from 1790
Year Range to 1793
Made Bancroft Woodcock
Makers mark Marked by Bancroft Woodcock
Description Silver Neoclassical-style creamer with an urn-like shape and square base. The piece has a high, molded strap handle and beaded decoration on the base and at the rim. It is engraved with the initials "ELM" (for Eleazer and Lydia McComb) in script at the front under the lip.

Dimensions H-7 W-4.375 D-2.75 inches
Owned Eleazer and Lydia (Irons) McComb
Provenance Part of a set that originally belonged to Eleazer and Lydia Irons McComb of Wilmington and Little Creek Neck. When the couple both died of yellow fever in the fall of 1798, they left the family silver equally to each of their three children, Jennett, Elizabeth, and James. Their daughter Elizabeth, who married Matthew Kean, son of Thomas Kean, inherited the tea service that contained this piece. The service descended in the Kean family to Robert Potter Elmer, who sold it to a collector, Mrs. Amory Haskell. Three of the pieces from the set (including this one), were later purchased from Mrs. Haskell by David Stockwell. The Delaware Historical Society purchased the set by subscription from David Stockwell in 1947.
Subjects Silver
People Byrnes, Thomas
Kean, Thomas
Woodcock, Bancroft
Search Terms Creamers
Bancroft Woodcock
Eleazer McComb
Lydia McComb
Eighteenth Century
Material Silver
Place of Origin Wilmington, DE