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Coffeepot

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The raised coffeepot is urn shaped and has a reeded rim, concave neck, and reeded shoulder. The detached circular lid with a flange has a shallow dome and a spherical finial peened in place. The slender S-curved spout extends from the base of the urn and has a long lower lip. The upper handle...

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Inscription

WHS in entwined script within a buckled medallion engraved on side

Marks

none

Provenance

The coffeepot was made for William Smith (1753/55 – 1816) of Boston and his wife, Hannah Carter (1764 – 1838), m. 1787. It descended to their daughter Elizabeth Storer Smith (1789 – 1859) and her husband, Boston merchant Edward Cruft (1776 – 1866), m. 1810. It then likely descended to their daughter Harriet Otis Cruft (d. 1913), d. unm., who was a benefactor of the Museum and owner of other pieces of the Smith-Carter family wedding silver. It then passed to one of her nieces, either Eunice McClellan Cruft (1872 – 1939) or Francis Cordis Cruft (1874 – 1941), both d. unm. The next owner was their niece Anita Chandler Hinkley (b. 1911) and her husband, Charles F. Hovey, who consigned it to Shreve, Crump, and Low in Boston about 1970. It was purchased by Gebelein Silversmiths of Boston before 1984 and acquired from them by the Museum in 2000.

Credit Line

Marion E. Davis Fund

Probably 1798

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 30.5 x 29.2 x 16.5 cm (12 x 11 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2000.826

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware