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Origin: England
OH: 10 7/16": Diam (base): 3 7/8": OL: 7 7/8"
Pewter; wood
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1995-48
Pewter coffeepot with wooden handle, of elongated pear or baluster form with hinged cover.
Label:Pewter baluster-shaped coffeepots from the eighteenth century are quite rare. More examples survive in silvered brass (known as French plating) and japanned copper. The English, though, had a decided preference both for silver and ceramic coffeepots of this form, and after about 1765 for ones of fused silverplate. David Lamb illustrates an identical pewter coffeepot from the same molds, also unmarked, as well as a further example with a more fully articulated rococo spout. Yet another coffeepot, identical with this one but with overall engraved decoration, is in the collection of Charles V. Swain.
Provenance:Vendor: Michael Allen Kashden, Edgware, Middlesex, Eng.
Inscription(s):Owner's cipher " WMS " engraved on face of body.