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The raised body of the pitcher is an inverted pear-shape with a long tapered neck and high drawn spout. There is a large cast double-curved handle and raised, splayed foot. Applied rope-like beading extends around the spout's outer edge. A ringlet of "waves" at the top of the base cradles...

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Engraved in script on the side of the neck "New York April 18th 1864 / Purchased by John W. Quincy at the great / Metropolitan Fair." Engraved on front "In Memorium. / This token of respect and affection to the memory of Captain Silas Atkins of Boston, Mass. / (Who died Dec. 7th. 1835. Aged 88 years) / is inscribed at the request of his daughter, / Abigail Atkins Quincy. / (Who died at Dorchester, Mass. Aug. 24th 1861. Aged 89 years. / to perpetuate his name and memory as a faithful husband, / and an affectionate father. / He pursued Navigation and Commerce, / and early retired to enjoy the reward / of his industry."


"E. & S" stamped in a rectangle, "BALL, BLACK & CO" in semi-circular band, "N. YORK" in rectangle, "162" and "950"


To honor his mother’s request for a memorial to her father, Capt. Silas Atkins (1747 – 1835), the ewer was purchased by Bostonian John W. Quincy (1813 – 1883) at the 1864 Metropolitan Fair in New York City. Its subsequent history is unknown until purchased by the museum in 1977 from Thurston H. Smith Jr. of Locust Valley, New York.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

about 1860

Object Place

New York, New York, United States


49.5 x 24 x 19 cm (19 1/2 x 9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Silver hollowware