Circular urn-shape coffeepot with incurved neck and double-flared hinged lid topped by an urn finial on a flared, circular pedestal with stepped, domed foot; engraved in script on one side of body "Mrs. Joanna L. Howard / From a Friend / Oct. 27\th 1858." Greek key band at shoulder and beading at neck, shoulder, top of pedestal and edge of foot. Sprigged S-curve spout with scalloped base. Sprigged and tapered S-curve handle with raised bands at ends, the lower end attached to body by a stepped oval plate. Body perforated at spout. No marks.

Part of a six-piece coffee and tea service, 2013.0193.01-.06, given to Joanna Louise (Turpin) Howard (1825-1872) of Boston. The Howards were among several socially prominent free black families living in the city's affluent West End in the 1850s. Although the reasons for this splendid gift from a mystery “Friend” are unknown, Mrs. Howard and her husband, Edward Frederick Howard (1813-1893), were active in the antislavery movement and fought to end segregation of Massachusetts public schools in 1855. Their two daughters, Adeline (b. 1845) and Joan Imogene (b. 1850), became distinguished educators, while their son, Edwin Clarence (1846-1912), was the first African-American graduate of Harvard Medical School.

Date Made: 1858Presentation Date: 1858-10-27

Referenced: Howard, Joanna Louise Turpin

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United StatesPlace Used: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

Subject: abolitionismAfrican AmericanBeveragesCoffee DrinkingTea DrinkingPresentation


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Abolitionist Tea Service, Domestic Furnishings


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0193.01Catalog Number: 2013.0193.01Accession Number: 2013.0193

Object Name: coffeepot

Physical Description: silver plate (overall material)electroplate (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 12 in x 10 in; 30.48 cm x 25.4 cmbase: 4 1/4 in; 10.795 cm


Record Id: nmah_1452881

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