Coffeepot

Description
Raised double-bellied coffeepot with domed, hinged lid topped by a cast swan, its head down and wings outstretched, on a flared pedestal of overlapping waterleaves or acanthus atop a flat circular base. Four, freestanding, upward-curved lobes are mounted to the high C-loop cylindrical handle, which is pinned into ivory insulators and flared circular ruffled sockets, while a cast sea creature rides the short, acanthus-covered, bellied spout. Chased and repousse clusters and swags of fruit encircle the flat shoulder and upper body above two scenes of winged putti riding chariots, one pulled by a pair of griffins and the other by lions; neoclassical arabesques with birds and circular masks at bottom. Cover is engraved in front of swan with McKim crest above the gothic or Old English letters "H M\c K". Outside of base struck with maker's mark and Baltimore Assay Office marks. No centerpunch. From tea and coffee service, DL*382527-DL*382529.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coffeepot
date made
1828
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 1/2 in x 6 5/16 in; 36.83 cm x 16.002 cm
overall: 14 1/2 in x 11 7/8 in x 6 1/4 in; 36.83 cm x 30.1625 cm x 15.875 cm
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
DL*382528
catalog number
382528
accession number
161740
subject
Domestic Furnishings
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. William Duncan McKim
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.