Raised circular urn-shape pitcher on a flared or trumpet-shape pedestal atop a flat square base with applied sides. Front of body is engraved with a pointed shield from which spring wrigglework scrolls holding pendant swags of drapery and bright-cut leafy garlands; two crossed branches below. Applied beading at curved rim with wide pouring lip. High-loop, C-curve, tapered strap handle. Front side of base is struck "I•V" in raised roman letters in a wide shield, flanked by pseudohallmarks of an eagle-in-tree motif and the letter "P", both in scalloped-top squares. Pedestal underside is scratched "oz / 7 10". No centerpunch.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1789
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
pitcher: 13.3 cm x 8 cm; 5 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in
overall: 7 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in; 18.415 cm x 13.335 cm x 7.9375 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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
Bequest of Arthur Michael
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