Pap Boat by All Makers
J McMULLIN, Philadelphia c.1765-1843
An American coin silver pap boat, maker's mark of John McMullin, Philadelphia, b. 1765 - d. 1843, traditional flared boat shaped form with oval well, with a less traditional upswept scroll handle, engraved with a feathered script monogram, "AMW" for Anna Maria Weir of Philadelphia; length is 6.5", weight is 2.30 troy ounces.
Notes: Pap boats were used for feeding pap, a soft food made of bread and cooked milk, to infants and invalids. Although English examples of the form are quite common, American pap boats are rare.
Anna Maria Weir married Dr. William Young. According to an appeal to the orphans' court of Philadelphia, filed on behalf of Mrs. Young's infant son, she died June 20, 1859, survived by "a husband, Dr. William Young, a daughter, Elizabeth, about four years old, and the appellant, John Henry Weir Young, who are all living".