Hot Water Urn

Two-handled, bulbous boat-shaped hot water urn with domed and flared cover topped by a cast oval medallion knop on a flared oval pedestal mounted to a clipped-corner, concave-sided rectangular base with four ball feet; lower body is engraved on side opposite spigot with a lengthy inscription presenting coffee and tea service from "The Parish of Whittingham & Neighbourhood" to "Mr. Joshua Crea" for his "Services as their Surgeon". Applied ribbing at oval opening and sides of base, and cast gadrooning punctuated by acanthus-framed shells and anthemions at edge of stepped-ogee shoulder. Faceted spigot has triple C-scroll bail handle and carved pinecone or pineapple grip. Reeded loop handles have shell and acanthus at centers and masks of classical bearded men or satyrs at bases. Six hallmarks are struck on body to left of inscription and on inside of cover. Part of a seven-piece service (including a padded teapot cover or cozy), DL*66.0537A-G.
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Object Name
urn, hot water
urn, tea
date made
1818 - 1819
presentation date
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
ebony (spigot handle material)
overall: 28.7 cm x 36.2 cm x 15.5 cm; 11 5/16 in x 14 1/4 in x 6 1/8 in
overall: 15 1/4 in x 14 in x 10 1/2 in; 38.735 cm x 35.56 cm x 26.67 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Newcastle
place presented; place used
United Kingdom: England, Whittingham
place used
United Kingdom: England, Northumberland
United States: Wisconsin, Menomonie
United States: Minnesota, Lake Park
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John H. Crea
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