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Cream Pot

1830-1840
Origin: America, Tennessee, Murfreesboro
OH: 6 7/8 inches
Silver
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2013-111
Circular stepped foot with fine bands of beading at rim and neck supports an urn-shaped body with fine bands of beading and a milled leaf border at shoulder, beneath a curving neck with wide, everted spout bordered by a single reed. Abbreviated S-shaped hollow handle is ornamented by a four tapered drops beneath a scrolled grip
Label:The first advertisement for a Tennessee silversmith appeared in 1792, but production would focus on flatware and tumblers for the next several decades. Only a few examples of more complex hollowware are known before the 1840s. As in other parts of America, silver in Tennessee was sometimes imported and then stuck with a local retailer’s mark. Many of Tennessee’s earliest silversmiths hailed from the Chesapeake and were drawn to the state by its growing demand for luxury goods. North Carolinian James Reed worked in the Middle Tennessee town of Murfeesboro from as early as 1830 until at least 1850.

Mark(s):Marked in relief in a serrated rectangle on base of body (inside of foot): "J.REED"