Hot Water Urn

Hot Water Urn

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Flat-chased, two-handled, ovoid urn with plain, incurved neck and low-domed conical cover topped by an upright flower on short, conical or tapered circular base mounted inside four, cast, S-curve, strapwork legs with a bearded man's face at the knees and scrolled acanthus feet. Decoration includes a low-relief band of plumed birds amidst flowers and urns at the shoulder and asymmetrical, Japonesque or oriental-inspired designs on the body featuring two angled bands with geometric-patterned semicircles. Vertical, square tapered, bracket handles with C-curve terminals. Twist spigot handle with bone knobs. Circular frame attached to interior of legs holds a removable, single-wick spirit burner. Underside of tapered base is struck incuse with an oval mark for "SIMPSON, HALL, MILLER & CO / +" encircling "TREBLE / PLATE" at center.
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Object Name
urn, hot water
date made
ca 1875
Simpson, Hall, Miller, and Co.
place made
United States: Connecticut, Wallingford
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
bone (knobs material)
overall: 16 1/4 in x 10 3/4 in x 8 1/2 in; 41.275 cm x 27.305 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Roger Pryor Templin in memory of Daisy Templin
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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