Ice Pitcher

Ice Pitcher

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Insulated pitcher with domed, hinged lid; applied, curved pouring lip; and plain, straight tapered body on a molded base; no strainer or cover at opening. Cast foliate arched knop is attached at back of lid to extension above the three-knuckle hinge. Triple C-curve bracket handle is shaped at juncture of terminal to body. Possibly triple walled. Underside of slightly convex bottom struck incuse with an undulating oval encircling "JAS,STIMPSON (arched) / BALTIMORE. (curved)".
Attributed to James Stimpson (1779-1851) of Baltimore, MD, who posthumously received at least two patents for ice pitchers (both submitted by his son, James H. Stimpson). This pitcher is visually identical to U.S. Patent No. 21,717, dated October 5, 1858, which is for a triple-wall design (Stimpson's earlier patent, No. 11,819 from 1854 and reissued as No. 2,891 in 1868, is for a double-walled pitcher with chain or string attached to lid and handle so it can be used with one hand.)
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Object Name
date made
ca 1850 - 1867
Date made
ca 1850
ca 1850
patent date
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
Physical Description
Britannia (overall material)
pewter (overall material)
overall: 11 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in x 7 7/8 in; 28.575 cm x 23.495 cm x 20.0025 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bequest of Dr. Joseph H. Kler
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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