Communion Flagon

The observance of communion or the symbolic partaking of bread and wine in commemoration of the last supper of Jesus Christ occupied a central role in the colonial American church. Breaking off from the Catholic notion of Eucharist as a miracle officiated by priests, Puritan leaders such as John Winthrop believed Communion essential to the functioning of the "Godly Community" settled in America. This pewter flagon once held the wine served to parishioners as part of communion. Pewter crafts in colonial America were expensive and churches often relied on the goodwill of wealthier members of the congregation for support. This container was part of a set donated, as its inscription reads, as a "Gift of Mr. George Farrar to the Church of Christ in Lincoln [Massachusetts] 1757."
Currently not on view
Object Name
flagons (2)
flagon, communion
Date made
1748 - 1757
engraved date
Physical Description
pewter (overall material)
overall: 33.383 cm; 13 1/8 in
top: 4 3/8 in; 11.1125 cm
base: 6 1/2 in; x 16.51 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
place used
United States: Massachusetts, Lincoln
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
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