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Exhibits  A Long Island Silversmith: Elias Pelletreau, 1726–1810

A Popular Product

Porringers were the form of "hollowware" (vessels that enclose a volume, such as creamers, tankards, and sugar bowls) that the Pelletreau shop produced most frequently. Seventy-five porringers are listed in the ledgers. Of the extant examples, all have applied handles with one of three distinct patterns, including the keyhole design seen here—a pattern commonly used by New England silversmiths in the last half of the eighteenth century.