Communion Flagon

Communion Flagon

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Description
Large, inverted trumpet shape, lidded and spouted flagon with molded rim and midband on three cast cherub-head feet. Double-domed lid with heart-shaped cover over the inset, V-shaped, curvilinear spout. Hollow S-scroll handle with scrollback thumb piece, ridged and tongued thumbrest, and lower bud terminal with oval attachment. Bottom underside struck once with a large touchmark of Johann Christophe Heyne.
Maker is Johann Cristoph Heyne (1715-1781), a Saxon-born and -trained pewterer who was also a Moravian minister and teacher. He worked briefly in Germany (now part of Poland), Stockholm and London before immigrating to America in 1742 as part of the first group of Moravians to settle in Pennsylvania. He lived in Bethlehem and Tulpehocken, traveled to Dublin, Ireland as a missionary and finally made his home in Lancaster around 1752. Almost all of the roughly 100 known pieces of Heyne pewter are for ecclesiastical use.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flagon
Date made
1753-1781
maker
Heyne, Johann Christopher
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Lancaster
Physical Description
pewter (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 3/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 6 5/8 in; 28.8925 cm x 19.05 cm x 16.8275 cm
ID Number
1986.0027.98
catalog number
1986.0027.98
accession number
1986.0027
Credit Line
Bequest of Dr. Joseph H. Kler
subject
Christianity
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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