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Baluster-shaped coffeepot on flared circular base with scored and molded decoration around rim, neck, belly, and base. High-domed, incised-edge, hinged lid is topped by wood disk knop. S- and C-curve, D- or ear-shaped handle with crescent thumbrest is pinned into cylindrical sockets. Body perforated at plain, S-curve spout with split lip. Underside of inset flat bottom struck incuse with circular touch mark of "A. GRISWOLD" with spreadwing eagle, body facing right and head turned left.
Maker is Ashbil (or Ashbel) Griswold (1784-1853); working, circa 1802-1842. Trained with Thomas Danforth III as a pewterer; opened a shop in Meriden in 1808 and expanded into producing britannia wares at an early date, establishing Meriden as a major manufacturing center of pewter, britannia and plated goods. Was one of the founding partners of the Meriden Britannia Co. in 1852.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1820 - 1840
ca 1820-1840
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
Britannia (overall material)
pewter (overall material)
wood (knop material)
overall: 11 1/2 in x 10 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 27.305 cm x 13.97 cm
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catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Gertrude D. Webster
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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