Seamed, straight-sided oval pitcher with incurved neck ending in a curvilinear rim with deep, rounded V-shape pouring lip; flat bottom set in. Symmetrical bright-cut decoration on both sides features a pointed shield amidst festoons, one is engraved "MEA" in conjoined foliate script and the other "1859". Additional garlands and sprigs follow the right-angled handle, almost square in section, with C-curve end. Rollerwork and applied beading at rim, shoulder, and top and bottom of body. Bottom underside is struck with four incuse marks for "GALE & WILLIS". Part of a three-piece tea service, DL*64.0138A-C.
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Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 6 in x 6 3/8 in x 3 3/16 in; 15.24 cm x 16.256 cm x 8.128 cm
overall: 6 in x 6 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 15.24 cm x 16.51 cm x 7.9375 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Josephine Arthur Rohrer
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