Raised, rounded rectangular coffeepot with a domed and flared, hinged lid on a stepped and flared pedestal base with four ball feet. Wheelwork decoration on body includes a wide band of flowers and fruits in scrolls above a leafy oval wreath on both sides engraved "Tillson" in script; additional undulating lines on lid and shoulder, drapery on top of base, and trailing leaves on the S curve spout. Applied gadrooning at rim, shoulder, bottom edge of base, and around the cylindrical sockets, which are pinned to a spurred and angled, C curve handle. Body perforated at spout. Opposite sides of base are struck incuse "MOULTON" in serif letters, while its underside is engraved "36 15". Centerpunch on underside of body. Wooden, domed rectangular finial broken; three pieces stored inside pot.
Attributed to Ebenezer Noyes Moulton (1768-1824), working in Boston, MA, circa 1789 to circa 1820, and Newburyport, circa 1820-1824. Ebenezer was from a large family of Newburyport silversmiths than spanned several generations, including his father, Joseph III (1744-1816), his grandfather William Moulton III (1720-c. 1793) and grand uncle Joseph Moulton II (1724-1795), as well as his brothers William IV (1772-1861), Enoch (1780-1820), and Abel (1784-1840), and one nephew, Joseph IV (1814-1903).
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1810
Physical Description
silver (body; lid material)
wood (handle material)
overall: 27.5 cm x 33.1 cm x 13.5 cm; 10 13/16 in x 13 1/16 in x 5 5/16 in
overall: 10 1/8 in x 12 7/8 in x 5 in; 25.7175 cm x 32.7025 cm x 12.7 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Newburyport
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Arthur Michael
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